There is a countless number of people who are being affected by this COVID-19 pandemic as we speak. Whether it’s testing positive, having symptoms but no access to a test, being unpaid or laid off, or knows someone who has passed away due to the virus. It is with a heavy heart that I write this post.
Even during the worldwide pandemic, I’d like to make this list of five things I’m grateful for. Not everyone is as fortunate as I am to even be able to make a list and that’s why I can’t take this for granted. I’m not doing this to boast or brag, I’m doing this to demonstrate appreciation even during tough times. It’s extremely easy to take things for granted when they’re good.
I’m Grateful Even During A Pandemic
I’d like to start by being grateful for being healthy. My family is healthy at the moment and so am I. We’re in constant communication. Unfortunately, all we talk about is the virus and updating each other about our quarantined lifestyle changes we’ve been making. But talking to them keeps me sane and present. It’s important to continue talking to one another especially when there’s so much uncertainty in the world right now. I’ve reached out to most of my friends and they’re all healthy but some have mentioned that they’re out of a job.
I appreciate all the doctors, nurses, emergency personnel, grocery stores, gas station clerks and all the cleaning crews. They’re out there right now potentially being exposed to this virus for us. Nurses and doctors are working tirelessly (which they always have, pre-corona and will continue after) for so many people around the world. I’ve seen what it’s like at the grocery stores and it’s a mess. We owe a huge thank you to every employee and every clerk for doing their jobs during this time. And don’t even get me started with the cleaning crews out there trying to prevent the spread. They’re absolutely essential during this pandemic. They always have been but we’ve neglected them.
Fortunately, I work for a tv station which is an essential business to communicate with the public all the facts and COVID-19 updates. Starting this week, I will be working from home. I’m eternally grateful that I’ll be receiving my regular paycheck and make all my payments on time. (Wow, this really sounds like bragging…) But I don’t know what I would do if I lost my job and had to file for unemployment. Thousands of people are having to do that not knowing if they’ll be able to make rent, how is this fair to anyone?
The fourth thing I’m grateful for is my home and the food I can eat. Even though grocery stores are running low on a lot of items right now, I was still able to go shopping and stock up on food. I made sure to only get what I needed and prevent hoarding like some people are doing. There’s absolutely no need to hoard, stores will restock and there will be plenty to go around for everyone. I have a home and a bed to sleep on, a shower and a safe space I can call my own and I will never take that for granted.
Even though so much bad is happening around us, there’s also a lot of good. Organizations are coming together and providing for those in need. Personally, my internet provider has increased their speeds for no extra charge, the gym I go to has stopped charging their monthly fees due to closures and I’ve received so many emails from stores and companies regarding their new policies. There are plenty of organizations that will continue paying their employees during closures. Others are donating to feed kids who depend on meals from school. Celebrities are donating and using their platforms to share the severity of this pandemic.
Weathering the Storm
Most of what’s happening is out of our control. However, washing our hands thoroughly and staying home to prevent the spread is 100% in our control. Practicing social distancing, following all the CDC guidelines and researching and staying educated is in our control. Only going out when it’s essential is in our control. Being present and attempting to stay positive during all this is in our control. Donating if possible and staying active and being grateful is in our control.