This year has been unpredictable to say the least.

Many came into this year expecting big and great things to happen, or for their business to thrive, but that sadly wasn’t the reality for most. Some may have lost someone close to them, some had to shut their store front down, others just weren’t coping mentally. Very few are in the holiday spirit, but what do you expect after the year we’ve all experienced?

However, not all is lost.

I feel for many, this year has been a time of deep reflection. A time to come to terms of what’s truly important to them. A time to realize how much we need human connection and should value the time we spend with our friends and loved ones. A time to reflect on how much we may dislike our jobs and finally decide to pursue our true dreams. Or just a time to relax and breathe after years of hard work. I know introverts like myself were more than happy to stay inside and not have to attend events or socialize more than we want to.

As for the holidays, it’s a time to be grateful for what we have. Of course I can’t tell you what to be grateful for as it is different from person to person, but I’m sure many of us are grateful for our health, grateful that our loved ones are safe, grateful to have kept our jobs or grateful to receive assistance from a government that cares about it’s citizens. I’m always grateful to have food to eat, a roof over my head, the opportunities I have, and access to information via the Internet. While stress and weight may have risen among most of us, it’s always a good idea to count your blessings, and keep in mind that things could always be worse.

Although New Years won’t suddenly eradicate the virus, we finally have good news. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Things will get better and we will one day be free to go out and enjoy the things we once loved…

But for now, let’s enjoy a cozy holiday season inside. Play that Christmas music even if it doesn’t make lyrical sense this year. Cook yourself a turkey even if your family can’t come over this year. Treat yourself to a thing or two you really wanted because this year has been rough. And, most of all, spend a moment to be grateful to be alive and healthy. Life is short, so let’s make the most of everyday.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Sabrina Liverpool
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