Thanksgiving Day feels very different in 2020. Thanks to the current circumstances in the United States, many people will not be sharing this day with their families or loved ones the way they normally would. Some still will, but the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic and its recent surge still hangs over everything.
Then there are many families who have lost loved ones this year without the ability to say goodbye the way we normally would. With all of the darkness and uncertainty of 2020, it can be easy to lose perspective on what you are thankful for.
However, even when times are hard and things may be different, it’s still worth looking for things in our lives that bring us joy. In fact, I think it may be even more important this year. Those things will be as unique as each person is, but they matter more than ever in a year like this. These are just a few of mine.
My faith. I know many of you who read this don’t share my beliefs and that is fine. I am very thankful to live in a country that allows us to worship (or not worship at all) as we see fit. I believe that everyone around the world should have that right. My beliefs have been a calming and centering influence in the midst of a stormy year. I hope that your beliefs, whatever they are, bring you the same peace through the storms of 2020.
My family. I count myself very fortunate that we have all avoided COVID-19 so far. I pray that continues.
Specifically, we just had a close call where my son’s doctor was convinced he had COVID. He was pretty sick at first and had three major symptoms, so it was hard to argue and we all acted as if he did for a few days. We all waited from Wednesday night over last weekend for his doctor’s appointment and test results, and I am very thankful to say it came back negative.
I am thankful for my job. It is considered essential, so I have not been forced to miss any time this year. Also, since most of my work is digital and performed on a laptop, the few times I have quarantined while awaiting the test results of family members, I have been able to keep working. We have been very busy late this year and sometimes that can wear me down, but I still really appreciate what I have considering the alternatives.
I am very thankful for our pets. It’s a smaller thing, but they still bring joy into our lives. Even though my wife and I haven’t missed time at work because of where we work, our family has still spent a lot more time at home this year. Our two dogs, a ten year old standard Dachshund named Ziggy and an eight year old Chihuahua mix named Chloe, are getting older, but are still in good health and they have LOVED having us home more. We also added a beautiful calico kitten named Maple during lockdown this spring. She loves to mix things up as kittens do, both with us and the dogs.
I am also thankful for the opportunity to write here at iPad Insight. Like most businesses, both online and brick and mortar, times have been harder here this year. We have had cutbacks, which I am sure many of you can relate to. However, despite the challenges, we are still here and I am thankful that I still have the opportunity to write about something I enjoy. I hope you get a little bit of joy reading our content.
There are certainly more things that I am thankful for, but those stand out to me today as I write this. If you are reading this today, I hope you will take a little time to put together a list of your own. Wherever you are, even if you live outside of the United States, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!