I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. For some of you today is just a random Thursday in November, but in America today is Thanksgiving. Usually a day like today would be filled with family celebration and get togethers, but since there’s still an ongoing pandemic, celebrations are going to be smaller and more imitate. I know that my immediate family is getting together to have a Thanksgiving meal. Then we’ll be hanging out with extended family over Zoom. It’s still going to a day full of good food and fun with family. More importantly, today is a day to reflect on the good things in our lives as we think about what we are thankful for.
2020 is an incredibly hard year for a lot of people and I know it’s been tough on me as well. So many people have lost love ones and family to this horrible disease and so many more just barely surviving it. Obviously I am thankful for all the first responders, nurses, doctors, and hospital personnel working through this pandemic. I know that all of these people have been on the front lines fighting hard to take care of people and doing their best to fight against the disease. I also suspect that the huge wave of support for first responders which was prevalent at the beginning of quarantine (around March and April) has kind of faltered off or at least it’s not on everyone’s mind. Awhile we’ve entered our third peak of the disease which dwarfs that initial wave of cases. Again, I’m thankful for all the people in the medical field because I know that it has to be hard and no matter what you are getting paid, it’s not enough. Thank you for all you do.
Additionally, I am thankful for all the people who are still wearing their masks, social distancing, and quarantining. So many people kind of decided that quarantine was over and that they didn’t want to deal with a contagious disease. People are out in bars partying or attending events which all seem to become super spreader events. I know that 2020 hasn’t been easier, but if you are continuing to do your best to quarantine, wear masks, and social distance, then you deserve some praise. Your efforts are not in vain and you could be saving countless lives. So thank you.
The third thing I am thankful for his year is my family and friends. 2020 has been such a rough year and I’ve been dealing with being unemployed on top of everything else. However, I have a strong supportive web of people I’ve been relying on to stay strong. Well as strong as you can be when the whole world is on fire all the time. But anyway, I’m not sure how many of them actually read my stuff, but I’m thankful for all of you and I love you all. Thanks for putting up with me. I’m very thankful for it.
Last but not least, I am thankful for all of you. Yes you! I’m thankful for all of my wonderful readers no matter if you’ve been following me for awhile or this is the first thing you’ve read of mine. (Welcome!) Despite all the bad, 2020 has actually been my best year in terms of both views and viewers. Obviously numbers are just numbers. They don’t mean much. But all the wonderful people behind those numbers mean a ton! I’m so grateful that people all over the world read my stuff and even seem to like it. It’s baffling in the best way possible. I also hit 600 Followers on WordPress this year so if you Follow me here on WordPress, I appreciate you. I’m building this creative and positive space on the internet and I’m so glad so many people decided to join that community. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. No matter how many times I say it, it doesn’t become any less sincere. I really am thankful for all of you and I’m glad you’re here.
There are some of the things I am thankful for this season. 2020 is one of the years where it’s so dark that the bright spots become blinding. I really try to focus on the light and all of you help produce that light. Hopefully Thanksgiving 2021 will be a more normal Thanksgiving and I’ll have even more to be thankful for.
Thank you again and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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