Happy Thanksgiving Week to all of you! I hope the holiday week is going wonderfully so far, and may we close out the year with flying colors. Just like everything else this year, Thanksgiving celebrations are going to look little different. We may not be able to meet our loved ones and/or our gatherings may be significantly smaller. However, the main “premise” behind Thanksgiving is to be grateful/thankful fo where we are at. Frankly, as insane as 2020 has been, I’ve come to realize that with a small shift in perspective, there is a lot to be thankful for.
Technology-Who here isn’t thankful for having access to technology? especially while navigating a pandemic. Through the lockdown, technology has helped us all stay connected with our friends and family; expand our minds through webinars, online courses, and/or IGlives; keep jobs that allow us to work from anywhere; give our kids access to education; share our stories and struggles with the lockdown; watch Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hotstar/HBO/Freeform, etc.; shop online. Can you imagine what a lockdown would’ve been like without technology?? I know I can. Hence, one thing to definitely be thankful this year alone is being able access and use technology and have a decent Internet connection.
New Beginnings-This lockdown allowed me a chance for new beginnings. By having to stay home for the majority of the year, I was able to explore different aspects of myself: which led me to start prioritizing my needs, pick up new skills like cooking, start this blog page, and even begin a new phase of life with pregnancy. All of this was possible because I used the extra time to my advantage, and I’m thankful I was and still am able to do that. Having nowhere to go and nowhere to be allowed me to look inward explore different avenues of myself.
Prioritize My Relationships-This year was excellent in allowing me to prioritize my relationships. Whether it was with my husband, and getting much closer to him as we adjusted to life in lockdown; or my friends-the closest ones with whom it was easy to stay in touch with, irregardless of physically seeing them or not; or using Zoom to have almost daily conversations with my parents in the U.S. 2020 reminded me on who my people are and how to keep my loved ones close, without physically seeing them..
So as heavy as 2020 has been, I truly am thankful for having access to technology, getting some new beginnings, and learning who are my closest people. Through difficult times, it can be challenging to see the positive, and even I struggle with practicing gratitude. However, it’s seeing the positivity that will help us grow and get us through all of this. So wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!