STAGE OF LIFE       Share Your Story       Coupons       Education Resources
Sign Up Now!

I Am Thankful for My Ability to Write This Sentence

Joined: 11/27/2010
Posts: 1
The world is made of tiny miracles, the tiniest, most minuscule of them being life. But that's also the one I am most grateful for, that coordination, that perfect harmony of my brain, my heart, and my muscles that allows me to express my thoughts on paper. It's too bad that it takes an overrated, somewhat (all right completely) unnecessary national holiday to make me realize this, but better late than never right?

As my family sat around the table last night, waiting eagerly for the signal that we could dig in to the feast before us, we were forced to prolong our wait a little longer and say what we were thankful for. I say forced, because really, I just wanted to start eating, already the garlic mashed potatoes had stopped steaming and it was becoming a wholly impossible task to repress the low growling sounds from my stomach, and suddenly my mother was demanding that we each state the things we are grateful for? Madness I say! But soon, I realized that she had a point, and when it was finally my turn, (though I was somewhat daunted, after all who could follow "I am thankful that mommy didn't burn the turkey.") I said, "I am thankful that I am here and able to tell the people I love what I am thankful for." And, you know what, I was.

I know that if I were not able to type or write or speak my thoughts I would go crazy. My form of self-expression, the way I work through the heartaches, stress, and angst of being a teenager, is writing. My biggest fear is dying in silence, unable to communicate to my family and friends, unable to tell them how much I love and appreciate them as I lie moribund. But my gratitude is not motivated by fear of absence, but rather, by the joys I experience by writing. Opening my heart to others and painting pictures is what fulfills me, it makes me happy, just as knowledge that you just saved a life fulfills a doctor. I give a piece of my heart to whoever reads my work, I reveal a small part of my soul. And even writing this now is a miracle in itself, one I am sincerely grateful for (and not just superficially so I can start eating). So thank you, Powers that be, for my ability to write this sentence.
Rate this:

About StageofLife.comAbout Us: is a free blogging and writing community for high school students that allows teens the opportunity to share their personal stories and essays in an online life journal via their free Stage of Life account.  Check out our national Teen Trend Reports, and make sure to explore the writing contests for high school students, inspirational videos for teens, statistics about students, quotes about high school, and other resources about High School here on  Register to start your free writing profile, share an essay about your life, and help us change the world, one story at a time.  If you are a teacher - review our Language Arts Teaching Resources.

Writing Contest Archive - Students

Writing Contests and Teen Trend Reports Student Writing Contests

Below you will find all of the monthly writing contests and teen trend reports from the last five years hosted by  Our dedication to digital literacy efforts have reached over 1,000,000 students and teachers in the last half decade, received mention on, and features in the news.  Feel free to click through and read the top essay submissions from any given month. is honored to be one of the most-visited writing contests for students in the world.  We love working with you as we celebrate the journey as life-long readers and writers...

2016 Writing Contests

Writing Contest for High School Students

2015 Writing Contests

2014 Writing Contests

 2013 Writing Contests

2012 Writing Contests

2011 Writing Contests

 2010 Writing Contests

Stage of Life Mission Statement

Find Us on Facebook      Follow Us on Twitter     Read our Founder's Blog was launched in 2009 as the premier destination for people of all ages to find information, coupons, and stories about one of ten key stage of life transitions:  high school, college, on my own, wedding, married without children, having a baby, home ownership, parenting, grand parenting, and empty nest/retirement.  Nearly 1 million visitors come to the site each year to find information about their stage of life.  Stage of Life users (teens, college students, Millennials, Gen Y, Gen X, and Baby Boomers) can also share and archive their life stories via their Stage of Life profile page.  Specialized content includes statistics, quotes, videos, financial tips, coupons, news, writing contests, and more tailored to each of the 10 life stages featured.  My Life Rewards® is the free discount program for all Stage of Life users, readers and writers dedicated to providing printable coupons and coupon codes tailored towards each stage of life.

Terms of Service and Privacy