I am trying to focus on the things I have, and not the rest. I have a pretty good life. But I was listening to the Nerdette podcast last week, and the health expert was talking about how when she was diagnosed with a chronic illness she kept trying to get back to the life she had before. And her doctor said, you can't. You can't go back, you can only create a life where you have a chronic illness. And she compared this to our pandemic situation. We can't go back to how life was before.
Just like I can't go back to a life before the internet. (I also don't want to overall). Life as we know it has fundamentally changed. Ignoring that just makes us unhappy. And also possibly sick.
So, I could list things I am happy for, like friends, family, books, cats, food, science, and so on. But mostly I am grateful to continue to be. I am grateful to be. I am grateful to get to face challenges whether it's reply to all email chains, or folks destroying a useful app I enjoyed, or our country's obsession with guns, I am still here, and I get to figure out how to forge a life with the tools I have, and for that I am grateful. I am grateful that you are here to, wherever and whenever you are reading this.