Don't Worry, Be Thankful

One year ago today I wrote my first blog. If you missed my first blog, I encourage you to go read it. It is about how a stranger on a train taught me the power of being thankful. What better day for this reminder than a day literally called THANKSgiving. Today we give thanks to all the things around us. Our loved ones. Our health. Our lives. If you are anything like me, this Thanksgiving I especially needed that reminder.

I would be lying if I tried to say this year hasn’t been a challenge. However, we are in the middle of a global pandemic, what else should I expect? Maybe that’s the thing.. I had NO idea what to expect and neither did anyone else…

You can’t leave your house. Okay, you can leave to get groceries but if you leave you have to social distance. But wait, wear a mask. Or just kidding, you don’t have to. Wait, yes never mind, wear a mask and social distance. And don’t meet your friends but if you have to meet your friends social distance and wear a mask. Unless that friend is in your social distancing group then you don’t have to. PSA: (WEAR. A. MASK.)

Either way, you get it. The unknown and the unpredictable is real. We have received new rules and regulations every other day and in the mix of it all, we have all lost so much. Some lost graduations, some lost jobs and sadly, many have lost loved ones.


Being a Human is Hard

We have felt isolated from one another the last 8 months and now walk around wearing masks. So I’m not even going to pretend that life has been easy this past year because I know it hasn't. One of my favorite authors Glennon Doyle wrote,

“Being human is not hard because you're doing it wrong, it's hard because you're doing it right. You will never change the fact that being human is hard, so you must change your idea that it was ever supposed to be easy.”

It’s one of my favorite quotes because life isn’t supposed to be easy. It’s not always going to be sunshine and rainbows... Yes a global pandemic is a bit extreme, however, just because it’s hard or challenging doesn’t mean that we still don’t have so much to be thankful for.

I think at times we allow all the negative things in our lives to trump all the positive things. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of “poor me” moments and pandemic meltdowns as well, but today I want to forget about all the negative things and just be thankful. You can’t control what this life throws at you but you can control how you respond. So if you are celebrating an untraditional Thanksgiving this year, it’s okay so are many other families. You aren’t alone. Nothing has been traditional about this past year. Make this Thanksgiving a special Thanksgiving. Be thankful for the food on the table and know that even if your family and friends can’t be with you today, they still love you. Cherish the small things in life and stop stressing about the things you can’t control, at least for today. Today, stop and think about all the little things in your life that you are thankful for because when they all add up, I bet you realize there is still so, SO much to still be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving


1 Year Anniversary to the blog :)

- Laken

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