I celebrated Thanksgiving with the other Central Europe YAGMs, our country coordinator Miriam, and her family in Bratislava, Slovakia. Though the celebration was very different from past Thanksgiving dinners I have shared with family, I was very thankful to be with the family I have here in Central Europe. Kristen, Matt, Dave, and I have formed an incredible bond through our very different but shared experiences and it was absolutely wonderful to hear what they have been up to and laugh at stories of our misunderstandings, frustrations, and successes. We all had plenty of stories about misunderstanding Hungarian but we also had stories of successful interactions. Whether we were laughing at our failures or our successes, we just had to laugh at ourselves. Laughter is the best way to deal with frustrations or success because it always lifts the heart. Our shared laughter lifted our hearts and provided us with a way to gain a deeper understanding of what we were all experiencing.
When thinking about what I am thankful for, family always tops the list, but laughter has to be a close second. This Thanksgiving was full of both of these things which made for a relaxing and rejuvenating time. I am so happy to be a part of the Central Europe YAGM family because it is made up of some really amazing people. We are all very different, but we can connect on a very deep level and that is what makes our family so great. We share a lot of laughs but are also able to be serious with one another, and no matter what we are doing, we fun with each other. It’s safe to say that we’re quite a dynamic bunch.
I am incredibly thankful for my YAGM family.