Writing about this holiday season 2020 is one that I expect will get done again and again in a variety of forms. We can all agree that 2020 has been a crazy whirlwind of a year. It feels as if 2020 has been 5 years instead of one. It feels as if we are tiptoeing across an ice rink, one which could crack at the slightest misstep. In fact, in some parts of the world, people have again went under lockdown.
In my corner of the world, we are still wearing masks and social distancing. We are still avoiding public places and large crowds, choosing to stay at home. But in either case, despite the issues going on in the world, there is still much to be thankful for. These are the 7 things I am grateful for this holiday season 2020.
My mother always used to say that having good health was the most important thing in life. She said that as long as you have good health, then you have everything. If I didn’t have good health, then I probably wouldn’t be able to do most things that I enjoy, or I’d have some difficulty doing them.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic making its rounds across the world, I am thankful that I haven’t gotten sick. If anything, it gives me more of an incentive to wash my hands and other basic self-care to make sure that I stay as healthy as possible for myself and my family.
Covid may have forced so many of us indoors, separated from people, but thanks to technology, you can never be far away from the people you love especially during the holiday season 2020. I also think that Covid makes you appreciate those closest to you even more. It makes you realize that life is indeed short and we should cherish every moment before it’s gone. Things can happen in the brink of an eye that can change everything. We should always keep in touch with those we love and care about before it’s too late.
Place to Live
I am thankful that I have a roof over my head and a warm place to sleep. I am thankful that I live in a beautiful place surrounded by trees and water. I am thankful that I can look out the window and see the trees and the sky. I am thankful to live in a place that is safe and quiet.
When a storm rages outside, it is absolute bliss to be safe indoors. You can still hear the tumult outside, banging against the windows, but it can’t touch you. Similarly, my home has been a place of sanctuary from the world outside. If this year has taught me anything, it is that home is one place that you can turn to when the world starts to go crazy. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we stay home this holiday season 2020.
I am thankful that I still have a job. I am thankful that I get to wake up every morning to teach people from many different backgrounds. I am also thankful that I have a degree and can continue to learn and seek other opportunities.
Covid has also taught me that no stream of income is dependable so we must never put all of our eggs in one basket. We must diversify and create a security net. Sometimes we must look for creative solutions to things and sometimes it just may help to put food on the table.
Even though I haven’t stepped inside Walmart in months, I am thankful that I can utilize grocery pick up. I am thankful that I can order food online. This has been amazing for the budget as it eliminates impulse buys and keeps track of how much I am spending.
I am thankful to have food in the fridge and pantry. We need food to nourish our physical bodies. We need food to give us the energy so that we can pursue other hobbies and activities. Food is not just the act of eating, but the act of nourishing our bodies, mind, and spirit. It doesn’t just keep us healthy, but gives us the ability to learn and to have hope.
This probably sounds like a #firstworldproblem, but I have to include the internet in this list. Without the internet, I wouldn’t be able to work. Without the internet, I wouldn’t be able to connect with thousands of likeminded people on social media. Without the internet, I wouldn’t be able to channel my creativity by means of this blog. Without the internet, life would have been a lot harder during this pandemic.
The internet offers so much opportunity in generating income and unleashing creativity. I believe that people are just now discovering the full power of the internet and social media. This is good because there is so much bad that can happen from the internet. But if we can hold on to the good things, then it makes it all worth it.
And finally, I am thankful for the future. I hope that the president elect does a darn good job next year. America isn’t perfect, and there’s a lot that needs to be done in this country. In fact, I can list many problems that we still need to work on — student loan crisis, poverty, education, covid-19, prison system, gun laws, health care, two-party political system, etc.
America is still a wonderful place to live, but it could be better. I am hopeful for 2021 and for some real lasting change to happen. In fact, things are already changing. They have been always been changing. But we just gotta create positive changes for the future generation. We just gotta do our part to make sure that this country lives up to its full potential and becomes a safe haven for all people regardless of their origin, ethnicity, skin color, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
It can happen. As long as we believe it, it can and it will.
These are the 7 things I am grateful for this holiday season 2020. What are you most grateful for?