I am grateful that I live in one of the safest cities in the world, where people's biggest concern is whether or not a teacher who used a bad word or two in public should be punished. I am grateful that I don't live in a place where a dictator might use poison gas on me and my family. Oh, and I'm grateful for soap which, when used with water, can prevent horrible diseases.
I'm grateful for good hair products, brilliant authors, and whoever discovered how to make cheese. Seriously, though: I'm grateful to have a roof over my head and food in my cupboard, when so many millions do not. And I'm grateful for the people I've met who make every day of my life that little bit better than the one before.
Besides the obvious answers of family, friends and good health, I'm very grateful for my best friend, Laura T. A lot of people will tell you that they'll always be there for you, but as people grow older, their priorities change and so old friendships dissolve. But Laura has stuck by me through thick and thin ever since we met on the first day of high school 15 years ago. Whenever I need someone to talk to or just to be silly with, Laura has been that person - in high school, college and today. Even though we now live oceans apart, we still make time for one another with calls and FaceTime sessions. Ain't no one better than my Italian sister from ... another ... mother.
I am grateful that I work in Tai Po, away from the terrible air and traffic of the city. I am grateful for the shuttle buses that transport me to work every day so I do not have to sit in a jam-packed bus. I am grateful that I can have lunch in the canteen every day without having to fight for tables like people who work in the city. And, yeah, the cheaper prices at the canteen are something I am also grateful for.
I'm forever grateful to my best friend Nessa, who made me laugh on what was probably the worst day of my life. Thank you for always being there for me and all the little silly moments we share! I really enjoyed travelling to Japan twice with you. But I think it's about time we explored another country. And a big shout-out to my mum and sister! I've always taken them for granted, but I've slowly learned to better appreciate their support and love.
I'm grateful for my sisters who fill my life with lots of laughter every day. I'm grateful for my pet turtle, who quietly waits for me at home every day. I'm grateful for having a comfortable shelter - my flat - especially in this rainy weather. But I'm also grateful for the rain, which allows my mind to wander and dream. I'm grateful for the sunshine and blue sky I saw in Tokyo when I was there. I'm grateful for meeting different people who inspire me with their stories and great spirits. I'm grateful for today and every new day!
I'm grateful that we have a new Mac in the office so I can now edit videos for Young Post like a ninja. Before we got our new machine, we used to do all the editing on a fairly old laptop, which crashed every time I pressed the Start button. Just a convenient plug: to view all our crazy videos, visit www.youtube.com/youngposthk!
I'm grateful that a series of fortunate events has led me to where I am now: Young Post. Here I've been able to do all sorts of cool things and call it work. I'm grateful that one of the biggest assignments for me this month has been to buy lots of different mooncakes for the Junior Reporters to taste and review. And I'll be even more grateful if they leave me some!