Last week, I had the opportunity to attend The Concert for Valor on the National Mall to celebrate America’s veterans.

It was truly inspiring to be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people all coming together to honor our veterans, and service members. Each and every tribute for those who have shown true sacrifice was beyond heartwarming. There was an overwhelming sense of gratitude enveloping those on the Mall after hearing the stories of heroes who put their lives at risk to ensure the freedom of others.

Nowhere near the front, but still a ton of fun.

Nowhere near the front, but still a ton of fun.

And seeing Eminem perform was pretty cool, too.

November is a month to reflect on all that we’re thankful for. (Though we really should be thankful all year round 😉 ) So, it got me thinking.

I feel very privileged. No, I don’t own a yacht or private jet, or anything like that. By privileged, I mean that I’m healthy, my loved ones are healthy, I can pursue a degree in whichever field I choose, I have a job, and I’m surrounded by technology—some helpful, some not so much.

I’m part of the millennial generation. Instant gratification. Instant messaging. Instagram. Snapchat. That’s what we’re all about. As I scroll through social media, I always, and I do mean always, see pictures of food. I can’t even remember the last time I went to eat with someone, and either of us didn’t check our phones.

As we slowly approach Thanksgiving, a time for food, family, and friendship, I’ve decided to make the conscious effort to detach myself from social media when I’m with loved ones. We need to appreciate the moments we share, rather than share our moments via updates, posts and, tweets.

So, before you post that picture of your weekly chicken caesar salad, and tomato soup combo on Instagram, try looking at the person you’re eating with, and revel in the moment.

About dilanigoon

Hi, guys! My name is Dilani. This is my final year as a University of Maryland, College Park student, and blogger for Around the Grove.
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