I remember the morning of Thanksgiving in 2001, I was a junior in high school, visiting a friend in NYC (one of my first times walking the streets of Manhattan!). Whenever we passed anyone, I would greet them with “Happy Thanksgiving.” I felt excited to be able to greet people for a universal holiday that I also practiced. I even enjoy watching my surrounding culture celebrate Christmas—everyone is observing and celebrating it together and the energy of it all is palpable.
Today isn’t as exciting as Thanksgiving. It’s certainly not as momentous of a holiday as Christmas, but still we are universally bound. ALL of us are united in this COVID-19 era. I wish it didn’t involve any negativity nor suffering. But within the united nature of it all, there is what to celebrate. This fragmented world is experiencing this reality together.