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Being grateful: people who don’t know me

September 20, 2012

There are some people in my life who have made a major impact on it, people I could never forget, but there are also others worth mentioning who did something that gives them a permanent place in my heart. This series of posts is about all of those people.

There’s a quote from one of Regis Philbin’s books that I really like: “If you are grateful to someone who has brought your life even a little joyfulness, and if you have the chance to tell them so – do it! It just takes a second, and you’ll never regret it.”

If I made all of this one post, it would go on for many, many scrolls of the mouse. So instead, I’m breaking it up into five sections: family, friends, teachers, groups of people and people who don’t know me.

People who don’t know me

The first thank you goes out to Barbara Walters and Marlene Sanders. These two women broke the glass ceiling for women in broadcast journalism and made it possible for women to aspire to such roles as host of the Today show and anchor of an evening newscast. I’m grateful that because of them, I can follow what I believe to be my purpose.

Campbell Brown was my first role model in journalism. She is the person I watched on the Today show, pointed to and decided I wanted to be like. Of course, I have altered that and now know I want to be my own person, but for a 13-year-old, it was important to have that female journalist role model in my life. That was Campbell Brown for me, and because of that, I will not forget her.

And now, I am eternally grateful to Ann Curry. I’ve written posts about Ann in the past, so I won’t go into incredible detail. I will just say this: in her farewell moment on Today, Ann apologized for not being able to carry the ball over the finish line despite trying very, very hard. Ann Curry, I am grateful to you because you did carry that ball over the finish line. You changed viewers’ and interviewees’ lives forever. You made the world better, and all aspiring journalists should hope to be as excellent as you are in the field. I know I do.

The creators of my favorite television shows will never understand the importance of the programs they produce each week. Television has always been my outlet. I fall for the characters, and the storylines make me tune in week after week. Without television in my life, I feel like I would be a way more stressed out individual. Beyond that, I would be more ignorant and probably not as thoughtful or reflective on life. I know it’s slightly crazy to say television shows made me a deeper and more profound individual, but television made me understand more about the world at a young age. And that’s why I started my reviews website a year ago. But that’s beside the point.

The Jayhawk volleyball team gave me a place I could go at KU where all the stresses of my classes or my annoyances with people or the world would be drowned out for two hours. For two hours, I can sit on bleachers and watch the Jayhawks stack up the points, fight for sets and win matches. I can yell and cheer them on, and I don’t have to think about a speech I have to write or a test I have the next day. It’s relaxing and calming, and I get so into it. I need it though; I feel rejuvenated after a hard-fought volleyball match. I have much appreciation for this team and sport.

I know there are many more people to thank who have brought my life joyfulness, and if I think of more, perhaps I will write more blog posts. But for now, thank you, readers, for taking the time to read about my gratefulness.

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