Thanksgiving came and went. To some it was just like other years, but to most it was definitely an adjustment. Most could not go back to their families and celebrate. Others lost a family member to the virus. This year’s holiday just was not the same.

A year ago, our lives changed for better or for worse. Society encountered a new challenge, Covid-19. It has been a messy year; with a lot of ups and downs. Mostly the latter. We had to learn how to adapt our social lives to distance and electronic means of communication. No more hugs, no more casual outings, no more meeting strangers. We have been rendered to elbow greetings and surgical masks. 

However, as we prepare to welcome a new year, we must remind ourselves to be grateful for 365 days of adventures, emotions, and memories. Memories involving Netflix Party, Zoom meetings, couch-ridden days and the glorious reunions. We must acknowledge that it is time to be grateful for both the good and the bad. 

I am grateful that nature was allowed to breathe and repair itself. I am grateful for the time I get to spend with my family and my support system. I am grateful for the unexpected experiences and the brief moments where I fell in love. I am grateful for movies and hobbies. I am grateful for new friends and memories. I am grateful for my new job and the rejection I encountered along the journey. I am grateful for what I am and the woman I have grown into. I am grateful for our human vulnerability, without which I would not have had the opportunity to rediscover myself.

This pandemic has given us the perfect opportunity to come to know not only ourselves but the people that surround us. It has allowed us to realize that society works through a collective “we” approach. We had to come to terms with working with our neighbors and taking into consideration the ripple effect of our actions. We have learnt to appreciate what was once taken for granted. What was only a trip to the movies, now is the highlight of the week. I am grateful for the chance to appreciate what is truly important. Family, friends, memories, and love. That is what we must hold dearly to our hearts. What really matters. Through hardship and desperation, let us be grateful.

Grateful to be alive.

Grateful to medicine and front line workers.

Grateful for life itself.