We all know that this holiday season is going to be different than most. With COVID-19 still posing a threat to many, state representatives have called for people to not celebrate the holidays this year. In spite of all of the chaos that's erupting in America, it can be hard to think of things that we are grateful for. So I decided to come up with a list of some things that I'm grateful for this year.
1. My FamilyGiphy
This one is a given. My family and I are closer than most. I was raised by a single mom and with two sisters. This year, more than ever, I'm grateful to still have them around. They've supported me going to school out of state during the pandemic.
My mom, in particular, is someone I'm especially grateful for. Due to COVID-19 and her own medical issues, I haven't been able to see her since she dropped me off at school in August. I can imagine other out of state students have struggled with similar circumstances this semester. She's my best friend, and I'm so thankful to have such a supportive, loving, and strong woman as a mom.
Seeing the amount of people who have lost family members due to COVID-19 made me realize how lucky I am that none of us have contracted the virus. For those who lost family members this year, the holiday season can be especially difficult. I think this year has been a reminder to many to appreciate those around you.
2. My FriendsGiphy
Once again, I feel like this is a no-brainer. I've managed to still make new friends while at school, even without events. Social distancing has made it more difficult to make friends this semester, so I'm especially thankful for those I have. Old and new, my circle is what keeps me going.
Having friends that can make you laugh when you're upset, or who you can mess around with, is vital to getting through college. The stress of online classes, drama, and just the world as a whole can be a lot to process on your own. Whether it's through Zoom or hanging out in person while still social distancing, we've managed to make the most out of our situation.
3. Harry Styles
This one may seem a little weird. During the pandemic, his videos and music are what got me through, though. He released the "Golden" music video most recently, which was immaculate. If you haven't seen it, I recommend giving it a watch. For me, Harry Styles is one of those people that radiates positivity. That positivity has enabled me to stay positive during this turbulent year. Not to mention, focusing on his music, and most recently his Vogue photo shoot has been a great distraction when I need it most.
4. My PetsGiphy
Yet again, I feel like this is an easy answer. I have eight cats at home. My favorite is my munchkin cat. He's the cutest. Anyways, they are great for entertainment, and they are a joy to have around. I feel like anyone who has a pet can attest to the fact that just having them around is comforting.
Being away from school, and not having them around anymore, was difficult to get used to. I missed the comfort of them hanging out on my bed while doing work. But not having them at school made me appreciate them even more, especially during the holidays. Who doesn't love dressing up their pets in elf costumes? It's adorable.
I know it's a small list, but writing this article made me ready for the holiday season. Whether you're spending it with friends, family, or whoever, it's the perfect time to appreciate those around you.