Ok, ok. I know what you’re going to say. Last year, I pleaded with you and said we should all put the big boys’ (and girls’) pants on and suck it up that we’re spending this holiday “alone”.
Now, it’s one year later and one would have thought we’d be much farther along in this god-forsaken pandemic. Me too, friend. Me too. But alas, we’re not.
I know many people will travel for the holidays (not us!) and many people will get together with their families. And who could blame them. My hope would be that everybody is vaccinated, that groups are kept small, and that we’re still getting through the winter without another surge.
I am just warning you: even if numbers look good where you are right now. That was a very slippery slope last year and things can go downhill again quickly (looking at you, Germany and Denmark).
Anyway, this is not what I am here to say today. Despite this year being quietly disappointing, I want to remind everyone of what’s still good out there. Because it’s the time of the year where we reflect on the things we’re thankful for.
There are even more Americans this year who won’t be able to celebrate with family members because they’ve been taken away from them. There are millions more who are still struggling to pay rent and put food on the table for the holidays. There are frontline workers who’ve been doing an incredible job for the last 18+ months and who are exhausted, and who are still bearing the brunt of this pandemic. Don’t ever forget that for a minute.
This Thanksgiving, I will – again – not complain about the things I cannot have or cannot do. I am simply thankful that my family has stayed healthy, that I continue to safely work from home, and that I have a cozy home where we can cook some good food and enjoy a bit of quiet time.
I did a “Turkey Burn” spin class this morning, will now head out for a turkey trot (by myself, because I still don’t do “crowds”) and grab coffee with an old friend from the gym, before heading home and cooking a nice meal for Jon and me. Today is a good day. It’s all about perspective.
I hope you also have a nice Thanksgiving day!