By: Nicolette Preradovic
This morning, I asked my partner for ideas on what I could write my next article on. “There’s a lot you can write about,” he said, while we laid there on my Queen size bed and watched Blue Bloods on my flatscreen TV.
The curse of the writer is that there is in fact a lot to write about. But the blessing of the writer is that we almost always choose to write about the right things, even if we don’t always know why it’s right. For this article, I’ve decided to make a list of all the things I am thankful for.
- I am thankful for all the people who either drive a CTA bus or conduct a CTA train. Without them, I would be unable to get from point A to point B. The amount of people they haul around day to day is amazing, and sometimes those people aren’t very nice. I’ve seen passengers yell, curse, and be extremely disrespectful to CTA drivers.
- I am thankful for all the wonderful architects who took the time to make this city what it is today. Without their skill in design and geometry, I would not be able to look upon this city from the water in awe of its skyline. Anyone who thinks another city has a better skyline has clearly never seen a storm roll in from the west side while cruising the Chicago harbor on a gloomy, rainy night.
- I am thankful for all the city teachers and college professors who take the time to encourage their students, nourish their passions and creativity, and spend countless hours editing and grading papers because they want nothing more than to see their students happy and thriving. I am so utterly grateful for them.
- I am thankful for all the bar and restaurant owners out there. Especially the ones who are open till 4am. Without those bars, I would have nowhere to go on a Tuesday night at 2am when insomnia kicks in and I know I’m better off surrounding myself with people rather than laying in bed suffering the agonizing pain of not being able to fall asleep. And to the restaurant owners, thanks for the food – it’s kind of a big deal.
- I am thankful for all the artists, writers, musicians, and fashionistas who make this city more and more beautiful each day. With their unique visions, they keep the urban culture alive and thriving, even amongst all the haters. I have the utmost respect for these people because they know what it means to fight the good fight – for beauty, truth, justice, and magic. Please don’t stop making art, composing music, and writing words – like, ever!
- I am thankful for all the people who bridge the gap between all the Chicago neighborhoods and fight for diversity. Whoever started the rumor that Chicago is the most segregated city can go right back to the council they came from and tell their boss they were wrong, because every neighborhood I am in, I always see at least one group of people who come from different backgrounds, as they are drawn together by a common interest. I once told a girl on my Facebook page, “bless the bridges that bind,” just because she didn’t like something I posted and decided to insult me. I mean, what was the point of her doing that? Honestly? More bridges, please.
- And finally, I am thankful for all the officers of the law out there who take the time to get to know every day civilians – by engaging in conversation and speaking to Chicago’s residents as human beings. There is a lot you can learn about this city just by having a conversation, instead of living in constant fear that people are up to no good. Thank you for showing us your humanity!
Thanks for everything you do, Chicago! Stay Beautiful and Happy Thanksgiving!