Things I’ve Been Thankful For During the Pandemic

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and the pandemic still a thing, it’s easy to take things for granted. It’s easy to long for the life I had and a world we had. It’s easy to experience longing; what’s hard is being grateful for what I have: my health, my friends, my family, my job, my life, my hobbies; that’s been much harder to do. So for a change of pace and post I wanted to share with you a few things that have given me an intense amount of serotonin and comfort during the pandemic. 

  • Fanfiction 
  • My podcasts 
  • My podcasting co-hosts and their near infinite patience and tolerance of my assorted nonsense 
  • Writing Fanfiction 
  • People who read my fanfic 
  • My friends and our dumb calls and conversations
  • Memes
  • Yaoi
  • John Mulaney 
  • Discord
  • Reconnecting with those you never thought you’d speak to again
  • Friends in different time zones 
  • Postcards 
  • Sophie the Magpie and the nation of Breetannia 
  • Online shopping as a crutch to avoid past trauma 
  • Therapy
  • Venlafaxine
  • Crab Rave
  • USB Fans
  • My Ring Light
  • Glitterific Paint
  • EGGO Thick and Fluffy Waffles
  • YuGiOh! Cards 
  • Video calls with my aunts back home
  • 2 A.M. Doomscrolling on TikTok
  • Reading fanfic in bed when I should be sleeping
  • My rose gold humidifier 
  • Chocolate silk pie from Whole Foods Market
  • Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese
  • Remnant fabric 
  • Yaoi Crate
  • Enamel Pins
  • Freelance Work 
  • My 9-5 Job
  • Anime
  • Manga
  • Twitter Drama
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Disco songs about long dead Russian mystics 
  • Pizza Delivery
  • My Somehow Semi-Full Planner
  • Avicii’s Music
  • New Pins
  • My Stuffed Plague Doctor: Giovanni
  • My Stuffed Plague Nurse on the way: Lucia
  • Being able to sing in multiple languages
  • Lupin III
  • Headcanon debates
  • OT3s
  • Having cacti to take care of
  • Fanzines
  • Finding chocolate past Amanda left behind to be found again
  • My Fangirl Nation column
  • Books
  • Not-so regretful purchases made at Target
  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Wholesome videos of animals 
  • Existential Dread Content 
  • Podcasts
  • ContraPoints
  • Lindsay Ellis
  • CrashCourse
  • Both John AND Hank Green
  • Olly Thorn’s cheekbones 
  • Antifa Catgirls 
  • Dr. Pepper in Coffee Mugs
  • The Madagascar Tourism Board
  • Planner Stickers that mitigate the existential dread 
  • Rude astrology apps
  • Fictional villains who make excellent points 
  • Fictional characters who seem to be molded of all my old kinks 
  • Friends who will send you money to make bad decisions 
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels 
  • Hokkaido Milk Tea with Mango Popping Boba
  • Velvet leggings 
  • Divorced Mom Shoes 
  • Grubhub Perks 
  • Melatonin vape pens 
  • Pokemon: Sword 
  • Songs that fit anime characters perfectly 
  • Metallic straws
  • Wax seals
  • Joe Biden
  • Elaborate plans to liberate Marlon Bundo
  • John Oliver
  • Pedro Pascal
  • Sick burns from Olenna Tyrell
  • Charles Dance punching a fake deer
  • The episode of E.R. directed by Quentin Tarantino 
  • 10 feet long USB charging cords
  • Hair appointments 
  • Canada Dry Ginger Ale
  • Sleeping through Food Poisoning 
  • Videos of Home Improvement Products from Asia that Seem All Too Practical 
  • Asian Markets 
  • A Box of Approx. 300 Biscoff Lotus Cookies 
  • Boundaries 
  • Questionable Reality Television Programs 
  • Eyebrow Waxes
  • The Codex Gigas
  • Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • Goran Višnjić
  • The Vatican Observatory 
  • Buzzfeed Unsolved
  • Puppet History
  • Monstrum
  • Fresh Water to Protect Against the Nuckelavee 
  • Cats with Smooshy Faces
  • Lady Gaga Songs that Sound like they Belong in a 90s Gay Bar
  • The Ravenmaster 
  • Oscar Wilde’s last words 
  • John Keates’ final will and testament 
  • The Albatross by Charles Baudelaire 
  • Disney movies with homoerotic subtext 
  • Good wigs purchase from Amazon
  • Judgmental cats
  • The Church Scene from Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Freddie Mercury 
  • Don Bluth’s Obvious Hatred of Children
  • The subtle eroticism of removing gloves with your teeth
  • King James I’s homosexuality 
  • Fictional characters that reveal your daddy issues 

There are plenty of things I’m grateful for that probably didn’t make it to this list. But most of all I’m thankful for my relative health, those closest to me and for my stability. I’m thankful for you, dear readers, and for my continued mental…fortitude(?). I’m just thankful. For a year that has taken so much from so many, I have to consider myself excessively fortunate and that’s difficult to do for a person with anxiety and depression: it’s hard to focus on the good because the bad seems so obvious and apparent. But making a list like this brings it to the present and makes me confront the cognitive dissonance that comes with mental illness; despite all I’ve been through, I do have a lot to be thankful for. 

Happy Thanksgiving, dear reader. Stay safe. 

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Amanda.Actually

I'm just your everyday human person with a keen eye for what's really happening. Be prepared for wit, humor and Dr. Who references. Loves include anime, writing, eating sweets, art and visits to the park to feed the ducks.

5 thoughts on “Things I’ve Been Thankful For During the Pandemic”

  1. I really enjoyed reading this post ❤ thank you for reminding us to all the things we should be thankful for – especially now, that it is so easy to get carried away with negative thinking. Love the point about the fictional villains! Haha

    Cheers

    Mark

    1. Thank you for commenting! Yeah, it’s been super easy to just think THIS ALL IS TRASH but it was great to pause and get my head together and really think I have a lot to still be thankful for and that doesn’t take away from the garbage, just puts it in perspective
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