Finding thankfulness when our world has been turned upside down by a global pandemic.
- Mike Shinoda
If everything had gone as planned this year, my wife and I would be making our final preparations for a trip that was going to knock a couple of items off of my bucket list. Last year we had purchased tickets to see the band Nightwish in London on December 18. Not only would this have allowed me to see my favorite new band put on their full arena show, but it also gave me an excuse to make my first trip outside of North America. We also planned to visit Disneyland Paris as part of the trip.
This was the year that nothing went as planned and a canceled trip to Europe is the least of the problems that have been faced this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned everything on its head from the way our children receive their education to the way consumers interact with the marketplace. Millions are unemployed and extended aid is set to expire at the end of the year. Over 265,986 people have already died as the virus begins a new surge.
Thanksgiving is the latest victim of 2020. Our family’s annual tradition of feasting at my mom’s house has been canceled in the name of safety. We had originally hoped to have a socially-distanced gathering in our backyard, but the latest surge has made that impossible. Instead, my immediate household will spend the day together, celebrating being together and giving thanks.
What am I thankful for as the world seems to fall apart around us? Most importantly, I am grateful that so far my family has been fortunate enough to avoid a visit from the virus. While we may not get to spend this holiday together, at least we are all still here so that we can celebrate together in the future.
It is also reassuring to know that our extended family will actually miss spending time together this year. For many, the holidays are a chore…