You guys! It’s that time of the year again!!! Oh, how time flies so fast. With all that’s happening, you can hardly notice that it’s the holiday season already.

This year has been so different in many ways. The pandemic and lockdown made it so tough that sometimes it’s difficult to see the silver lining.

If you came across this blog and you’re reading this, I’m really glad. Even I was struggling emotionally at the beginning of this situation. But I wrote this article to help, not just me, but you, too, remind one another that although this year isn’t what we expected it to be, we did have some things we should be thankful for.

I am thankful for the gifts I received not just this Christmas, but for the whole 2020!

My Family

The pandemic got me, us, of course, stuck at home, but in return, gave me the chance to bond with my family for a long time. Something I think I won’t be able to experience in the old normal. For months of being together and doing things together, I think we’ve built a really cooperative and loving team. And this year, there is nothing more I could ask for than having my family around me.

My Friends

I really do miss going out, seeing my friends, and chilling around with them not worrying about a virus. But even though we weren’t able to spend time the way we used to, I’m still thankful for friends who check up on you and hang out with you virtually! A little online get-together really helped me cope with emotional stress.

My Favorite Pet

I always think what’s on my pet’s mind. Did he find it weird that we were always at home for the past few months? Does he like being around us all the time? What would he feel if we start going out again once things go back to the way it used to be? or does he even care at all? LOL. But pets really do have this mood-boosting effect even just by doing nothing! Being in quarantine for 9 months now, this cat is giving me company and a nudge to be happy.

My Partner

Opportunities and challenges still come and go even in the comfort of our home. I was on an emotional roller coaster for the past few months, but my partner has been my greatest support and biggest comfort. She listens, she understands, and she cares. I couldn’t have done things and made life decisions this year without her by my side. Honestly, a huge part of where I am now in life is because of this wonderful person.

New Skill

It’s already dull doing nothing at home on weekends before, let alone being at home for the entire 2020! But what’s great about it is that, we became so resourceful. As human beings, we can’t stand doing nothing. We start to learn new skills and hobbies. Maybe this year, you finally got to cook your favorite food! or play an instrument you thought you couldn’t! For me, I learned how to crochet. It’s inexpensive and productive. I love it and I’m thankful I’ve learned a pretty useful hobby.

More Time

This year has been so slow, but I’m not complaining. Life has changed so much because of the pandemic. The old normal was chaotic and crazy busy. But this year, it’s all about taking your time and doing things at your own pace. It taught us patience, creativity, and gratitude. Without having enough time, I wouldn’t have thought about these wonderful gifts I should be thankful for. And until now, realizations keep coming.

2020 has been challenging, but it doesn’t have to end that way. So take some time to think about the things you’re grateful for this year despite its craziness. I’m sure it’ll give you contentment and happiness.

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Happy Healthy Living!

Justine.