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Thanksgiving 2022: Why This Year Is Extra Special

CW: Depression

Today is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. Aside from all the delicious foods, I enjoy spending the day with my family. My favorite Thanksgiving foods are potatoes and turkey. This is the first time in a few years that I am excited to celebrate the holidays.

Depression has made the holidays a challenge for me since 2019. I haven’t experienced much joy for the last few years because of my depression. Thankfully, I have been able to manage it better this year. I found an antidepressant that works well too. I have been able to enjoy my hobbies again. Additionally, I have rediscovered my love of learning. I’ve completed a certificate program from Google, and taken a course in sports marketing offered by Northwestern University. I am excited to see what I learn next.

The last few years have been challenging for most of us because of COVID-19. Lockdown was difficult for me. I couldn’t see my friends and family. I went months without seeing my grandmother, who lives in a nursing home. The holiday season, in particular, wasn’t the same. I love seeing my aunts, uncles, and cousins during the holidays.

The holidays are my favorite time of year. I enjoy decorating the Christmas tree and watching holiday movies, especially Home Alone. I love baking cookies and other treats. I love buying Christmas gifts for everyone as well. I love spending time picking out meaningful gifts. It brings me so much joy to know people love what I pick out for them.

The past few years have been challenging, but I am glad to be where I am today. In 2018, I never thought I would be where I am today. I have lived in my own apartment for over two years and have become a blogger. On this Thanksgiving Day, more than anything, I am thankful for my family and friends. They never gave up on me and were there when I needed them most. Words cannot express how much their love and support mean to me.

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Originally published as Thanksgiving 2022: Why This Year Is Extra Special at Grace Dow Writes

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