Today marks the anniversary of Germany’s Reunification – 30 years of German Reunification to be exact. In Germany it is a holiday. And there is much to celebrate. No longer we are living in two parts of Germany with restrictions and a wall dividing us. I am personally more than thankful and want to share 30 reasons.
- Democracy: Always and forever the most important thing I gained.
- Mr. ♡: He lived on the other side of the Berlin Wall. Very grateful to have met him.
- Extended Family: My brother in law, my niece and my nephew – they all wouldn’t exist in my life
- Exchange Year: One of my life most cherished experiences was my year in the U.S. and it was only possible because of what happened 1989/1990.
- Fruits & Veggis: Avocado, water melons, bananas, zucchini, hokaido, etc. – not very common in former Eastern Germany
- Voting: I very much appreciate being able to vote. Not being scared to vote, to really vote what I want and to have the power to change things.
- Freedom of Speech: Voicing my opinion without concern.
- Religion: Going to church and no one cares.
- Travel: All those places I was able to see and all the once I still get to visit.
- Experience: Living – even though for some short years – in a different country
- Berlin: We would have never moved to this city without the political changes.
- Books: I can read whatever I want and everything is available.
- Change: I know it is possible to change something.
- Awareness: I think I developed a good radar when situations can be dangerous. All based on some experiences.
- English: I would probably speak some amateur Russian otherwise.
- Career: No limitations on what I wanted to study.
- Peanut Butter Cups: Imagine I wouldn’t know about that treat. Even worse not knowing about peanut butter in general.
- The Ocean: No ocean without travels in Germany
- Popcorn: Specially salted popcorn
- Healthy Environment: Poisonous rivers and stinky factories were rather common in the GDR.
- Movies: Loving a good Hollywood blockbusters.
- Comparison: Living in two so very different states gives understanding.
- Community: The feeling of fighting for something and having each others back.
- Education: The way things were taught to me and the options I had.
- My favorite blanket: A gift from my dad to Mexico. It been with me for 20 years or so.
- Safety: Not looking over your shoulder when you walk the street
- Abundance: going to the store and buying what you need
- Craftiness: I think a bit of my drive to DIY comes from not being able to get everything when ever one wanted.
- Car: having a car without 20 year of waiting for it. Now we complain if it’s delivered 9 months after purchase…
- My Parents: For risking a lot to make a better world for us
These are my 30 things I am grateful for. Except the very first one this list is not in order of importance. Unbelievable for me its been 30 years of German Reunification. Are you interested in a bit more personal experience ? Then my post on Thoughts on fall of the wall might be interesting to you.
What a you thankful for today? I’d like to hear.