2020 has been chaotic—and that's putting it lightly. We've worried for our health and the health of our loved ones. We've spent sleepless nights stressed about the election. We've lost heroes like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Lewis, Kobe Bryant, and Eddie Van Halen. Add in the countless natural disasters and flukes like murder hornets (eeek!), and it's enough to want to just jump into bed, hide under the covers, and emerge in 2021.
Still, we believe gratitude is an even more powerful force than the distress we've all felt this year. This Thanksgiving, we're reflecting on the things we can feel grateful for, and we invite you to reference it whenever you're feeling that deep desire to hibernate until sunnier times. Together, we'll make it through!
It's extra sacred this year.
To help heal those afflicted with the virus, and take care of our bodily and mental health. Thankfully, we can also now schedule virtual appointments, too!
Extra quality time with our family and friends.
Who would've ever thought we'd get several months stuck inside together post-childhood? Even if there's been drama, we know we'll cherish these memories forever.
We're so lucky to have warm shelter, away from the elements.
A comfy bed.
Our ticket to deep, nourishing, restorative sleep.
It's getting chilly out there! Thankfully, we have clothes to snuggle up in.
And it's just a click away, thanks to grocery delivery.
It's easy to take for granted, but imagine if we had to withstand a pandemic without water that runs freely from the tap?
It really is nature's medicine: Science shows it strengthens immunity, boosts your mood, and even helps diminish the effects of pain and stress.
Feet that move us.
We all realized these past several months just how sustaining a good, long walk can be.
Technology that helps us stay close.
We can call and FaceTime our loved ones without ever having to leave the couch.
Our furry family members.
If our pets are stressed about the state of the world, they're certainly not showing it. Instead, they shower us with affection even on our hardest days.
Neighbors that care.
We need them for everything from a cup of sugar to a smile during tough moments.
2020-level entertainment while we're stuck at home.
Imagine being in the midst of the Spanish Flu in the early 1900s with no Netflix, video games, or computers.
...To power all that necessary entertainment.
For meds, for meals, and for midnight snacks. Thank you, delivery workers!
Working in sweats.
I mean, can we ever really go back?
Even if you're fed up with virtual learning, remember that so many kids don't have access to a good education.
The freedom to vote.
And vote, we did.
Wine, beer, and cocktails.
Every time you think you're too frustrated to go on, remember that you have your breath to anchor you.
Trips to the park, hikes, and beach walks are all gorgeous, socially-distant activities.
The upcoming holidays.
Even if you'll be apart from family, it's time to get psyched about cheerful holiday decor, blast holiday music, and bake festive sweets. Who could be sad about that?!
The ability to learn something new.
Virtual courses abound, whether it's to learn about a new topic, take up an artistic endeavor, or get a crash-course in cooking.
Our resilience and patience.
We've stuck it out this long—and we know we can keep going. We've got this!