To put it plainly, this year has sucked. I don't know how many times I've written a sentence like that in 2020, but I know the answer is "a lot." We are dealing with a global pandemic that has taken countless lives. We are facing a reckoning over racial injustice. We just had one of the biggest elections of our lifetimes. And there are so many other stressful, devastating, and emotionally draining moments that occurred in the past 11 months on top of that.
So yes, 2020 hasn't really turned out to be the year we expected or hoped it to be back when we were setting resolutions and intentions on January 1. As we near the end of this year and reflect on what has happened, it can be hard to pinpoint the bright moments or feel grateful for anything that happened.
Sure, we can say that this year has been a time for learning and growing. It's been a test of resilience, and I think a lot of us have realized that we are much stronger than we thought. Even with the lessons learned, the gratitude might be hard to find, especially during this time of year that's normally a joyful moment to spend time with friends and family and celebrate. This year, our celebrations might be smaller or nonexistent. And that can be disappointing for a lot of people who look forward to this time.