Every year, for Thanksgiving, we reflect on the things we’re thankful for. It’s a good time to reflect on things in any given year, but it seems particularly important in this god-awful year that we’ve been all experiencing.
I know many people are upset that new restrictions are in place, that we’re discouraged from getting together with family and asked to spend these holidays “alone”. As someone who has spent many holidays apart from family (for many different reasons), it’s hard for me to understand that people would get upset – or even argue with their family members – over skipping ONE holiday together.
Let’s be honest: yes, it sucks.
Now that we have that out of the way though, let’s think about this rationally: the fact is if everyone had pulled together months ago and if we had had leadership in this country that would have enforced a nationwide lockdown for a couple of weeks and implemented a pandemic strategy, Thanksgiving this year might have looked a lot different. But here we are. We can’t change missed opportunities. We can only act smart now and hopefully flatten the curve again.
There are millions of Americans who already don’t have the option to celebrate with family members anymore because they’ve been taken away from them. There are millions more concerned with paying rent and putting food on the table. There are frontline workers who’ve been doing an incredible job for the last 9 months and who are exhausted and who are bearing the brunt of this pandemic. Don’t ever forget that. If it’s not for yourself, do it for them.
This Thanksgiving, I will not complain about the things I can’t have or do. Honestly, you guys, we have it easy. I am thankful that my family has stayed healthy, that I still have my job (that I can do safely from home), and that I have a cozy home where we can cook some good food and enjoy a bit of quiet time.
I went for a turkey trot (by myself) this morning. It was a beautiful autumn day here in California, and even though I wish I could have run with other people today (in the spirit of Thanksgiving), I enjoyed my run knowing that my friend Tanja was also running a turkey trot in her neck of the woods and it made feel thankful and connected.
It’s not all bad, guys. Look around you. Be thankful for what you have.
I hope you can make the best of this Thanksgiving day!