• Denee Davis

Reasons to be Thankful in 2020

As 2020 comes to an end, we often wonder what is coming next, and if life will ever return to being "normal". This year has displayed so many trials and tribulations for the entire human race with COVID-19, civil unrest, and political angst. With our new virtual living and loved ones being far apart, it has been tough for a lot of us.


Although it was easy to feel divided and distanced from each other this year, 2020 has also brought us closer in many ways. And after all this chaos, it is important to take a step back and appreciate what we've gotten out of this time.



Here are four things that we are grateful for in 2020:



Technology


As much as we have a love-hate relationship with the internet, without it, we would actually be as far apart as we feel. Technology has brought us apps that let us reach and talk to our loved ones. Apps like Zoom keep us connected with webcams and Netflix has even made it possible to virtually watch parties together with Netflix Parties!



Zoom has been a great help for education and workplace systems all around the world. Not only are we still learning and working, but we still get to see grandma and get all her virtual kisses. Technology, with the events of this year, has made it possible to be even more connected than we were before.


Now, to meet with friends and family, there is more intention behind the person, the activity, and the cadence of meeting. As much as we feel that 2020 has taken enough away from us, it has not taken our ability to get close to one another and continue our relationships.



Time Alone


With COVID-19 forcing us indoors, we had a chance to really become in tune with ourselves. America is known for its "on the go" and fast-paced culture, which leaves little room for us to slow down and enjoy the power of pausing. We don't know about you guys, but we've really gotten the chance to peel back those layers that were hiding under and understand who we are.

We took the time to understand that we too, can come first in our own lives. We learned about what we can and will not tolerate, and boundaries to set for our own well-being. This time has strengthened our self-care routines, hobbies, and self-confidence. Whether it is taking more time out of the day to exercise, trying meditation, journaling more, or adding a new serum to our skincare regimen, these activities have helped to center our practices. So thank you 2020, we learned how to love ourselves better.



Rest


There's nothing more important than getting your rest. The average adult should get about seven to nine hours of sleep. However, America is all about the hustle and bustle, characterized by cities that never sleep and 24-hour restaurants, making it hard to get a good amount of rest.


COVID-19 has also placed a lot of Americans in the workforce at home with their families, allowing for a more flexible schedule and less of a commute to and from work.

This has opened doors in terms of spending time with loved ones, having a mid-day break, and truly relaxing after long work weeks. Some of us have seen what it really means to have a work-life balance, and we may not want to go back to how it was before! Shoutout to you 2020 for letting us get the rest we all needed. We can now apply what we have learned and add in rest to our daily schedules for next year.



Quality Time


Whether it be with your immediate family, friends, or even fur babies, this year has brought the ones who are close to us, even closer! Families are getting creative and looking for ways to add fun activities to their family nights, whether that be playing board games, watching movies, cooking together, or actually having deep conversations that needed to be had.


This year helped us realize that family will be there for you no matter what the world brings. It has forced us to be transparent with our family and create room for growth in those relationships. We all know spending all day with your family makes you go a little crazy, but it isn't all the time we get the chance to (or want to) talk out issues, reminisce together, and be together. So thank you 2020 for the push you gave us to be there for the ones we care about the most.




There are so many things we can all be grateful for. We hope you all have a chance to think about what you are thankful for and soak up the time to connect with yourself and others! Sometimes it can even be the small things that make you feel the most grateful.


What are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments below!

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