Things to be grateful for (yes, even in 2020)

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This year has been wild. The world didn’t start the year on the right foot, nor is it finishing with the best ending. Through all the pain, sadness and sorrow, is there anything that we should still be grateful for? The answer is: YES. 

Health care workers and nurses
Covid-19’s heroes. Credit: Photo by Ringo Chiu/ZUMA Wire/Shutterstock 

1. Health care workers and first responders

Our heroes. They’ve been working non-stop, every single day risking their own lives to save ours. Yes, that’s their job but they’ve fought something that they’ve never had to deal with before, while we were at home with our loved ones. Beyond health care, they have provided us with hope.

Online teaching due to Covid-19
Teachers doing their best to keep their students’ education. Credit: Photo by Alessandro Di Marco/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 

2. Teachers

Educational institutions have made a sharp turn. Studying from home has been very tough for students, and little did we know that we would appreciate our teachers more than ever. They’ve been doing their best, trying to make online lectures engaging and also offering support off-line. 

Family spending time together
Family bonding has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. Credit: Photo by Jeff Gilbert/Shutterstock 

3. Increased family time

Instead of going on a holiday with our besties, we’ve spent the whole of 2020 with our families and it has taught us that we should cherish every single moment. Even if it has given us even more reasons to argue with them, we’ve learned to love them even more. 

Supermarkets staying open during the pandemic
Supermarkets have never stopped working. Credit: Photo by RUNGROJ YONGRIT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 

4. Key workers

If you’ve had to work during this pandemic, I salute you. It’s scary and not easy. We thank you. 

Streaming services, the lockdown's best friend
Netflix, all day and every day. Credit: Photo by Robert Stevens/AP/Shutterstock 

5. Netflix, Disney+, YouTube and all streaming services

They’ve provided us entertainment and made the year more bearable. There’s a happy ending to every story and these streaming services have been there to remind us that better days will be coming.

Protest - Black Lives Matter movement in the US
Black Lives Matter protest in the US. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/Shutterstock 

6. Human rights and justice

So much has happened and we’ve spoken out! Fighting for justice and claiming human rights have brought us together as a whole. People from all around the world have been supporting each other and it has proved that there can be a better world.

Spotify, a platform to listen music from our favourite artists
The perfect combination. Mandatory Credit: Photo by HAYOUNG JEON/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 

7. Music

Have you been dancing in the mirror and singing in the shower? Because if there’s something that we didn’t miss out on this year, it was the releases of songs and albums from our favourite artists… We can’t wait to hear them live!

Image of an elder woman with her cat
Pets help the elderly remain positive during these difficult times. Credit: Photo by Robin Rayne/ZUMA Wire/Shutterstock 

8. Health is wealth

Healthy family and healthy friends. During these difficult times, we couldn’t wish anything better for them.

Coffee subscription at Prêt A Manger
Get up to 5 coffees a day for £20 a month. Credit: Photo by Jason Alden/Shutterstock 

9. Prêt A Manger’s coffee subscription

£20 a month for unlimited coffee? What a bargain! I see it, I like it, I want it and I got it!

2021 lights, image of Christmas decorations
2021, the year of hope. Mandatory Credit: Photo by IGOR KOVALENKO/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 

10. A more prosperous 2021, or at least a better one

We all want to move on and start over. We want to go to music festivals, concerts and nightclubs, meet more than six friends outdoors, have softer hands and not wear a mask. We want our lives back!

Do you have other things on your list? Comment below! 

 

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Ashley Bautista Domingo

I'm a journalism student at Kingston University wanting to become a travel writer. Born and raised in Barcelona (Spain) with Filipino heritage. Multilingual and passionate about photography.
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