Yes, today is Thanksgiving day in my part of the world. However, after thinking about it long and hard, I’ve come to the conclusion that I haven’t really any reason to take part in celebrating this day. As such, I’m not even going to bother with it.
It’s not at all because I have nothing to be thankful for – I do. I deeply believe that I have a long list of things to be thankful for, and that I should give thanks for the many blessings I do have. However, the reason I’m choosing not to celebrate is totally different.
It’s the fact that Thanksgiving is, by and large, an American tradition. As you know, I am not an American patriot, nor do I love my country. As I like to say, I’m American by birth, not by choice (and given my choice, I’d already be out of the United States and a renounced US citizen).
So before you call me ungrateful, that’s far from the truth. Despite the fact my life sucks a vast majority of the time, I do have things I am thankful for, and yes, I know there are far worse places to live than America.
However, since I don’t feel an ounce of patriotism toward the United States, I feel no reason to participate in an American tradition. That’s why I’m not celebrating today.