If you’re on Facebook, chances are you have friends who have been posting a daily gratitude post. It has been a thing for years, leading up to Thanksgiving.
I don’t participate in it.
The truth is, my Facebook page is a barren wasteland. Oh, sure, Drugstore Divas’ Facebook page is active and constantly updating, but my personal page pretty much exists only because I can’t have a brand page without it.
But I have so much to be thankful for this year, even though 2021 continued the dumpster fire that was 2020.
As with every year, I’m thankful for my friends, my family, and just life in general. Because as we’ve learned last year, none of that is guaranteed.
People have spent so much of this year fighting with each other. Over politics, over masks, over Facebook. Friends and families have been torn apart, lines drawn in the sand.
Last year, I remember politicians encouraging neighbors to call the cops if other neighbors had more than ten people over on Thanksgiving. But where would those politicians be if you need to borrow some sugar?
It was a rough year, guys.
And we all expected the clock to hit midnight to start 2021 and things would go back to normal. The curve would be flattened. Political arguments would be flatlined.
Life would be normal.
But it’s not normal. It’s what we’ve been going through for the last 18 months. Some of us have not seen friends except through a screen. Some of us got on planes and went to different places and lived life.
You only get one life. And no matter what your normal is now — old normal or new normal — I hope you appreciate what you have, even if it’s not what you want, and realize what’s important.
Because if you’re reading this, you’re here. You made it to today. You made it through 2020 and most of 2021. Maybe with scratches and bruises, but you made it.
And maybe you’re not “thirty, flirty, and thriving” like 13 Going on 30, but you’re here. And that’s something to be thankful for, in this second year of uncertainty.
Hopefully 2022 will be better. Hopefully I’ll edit this Thanksgiving note then and fill it with joy and happiness and big things to be thankful for.
(Also, I said that last year and all I did to change that sentence was to make the last number go from a 1 to 2. But here’s to wishful thinking.)
This year is solemn, and strange, and maybe a little closer to what Thanksgiving should look like, but also maybe not.
But it’s still Thanksgiving, and you can still find something to be thankful for this morning.
Even if it’s just that you woke up on the right side of the grass this morning.