Amidst the worry and uncertainty, there is so much to be thankful for. Sometimes I force myself to write a gratitude list to try to get myself out of a funk, but as I’ve been watching the news today, and seeing the stories of charity and good, I genuinely feel moved to give thanks.
I am thankful I live in Korea. If I had to live in a country to be affected, I am thankful to live in one with world-class healthcare, health insurance, and laboratories. One of the reasons Korea’s numbers are so high is because the country is conducting tests around the clock and diagnosing at a rate unmatched by other countries. Seen in this light, I’m thankful to live in a country that’s thorough about testing and transparent about the situation. Better to know, than not.
I’m thankful for the medical staff and lab technicians and officials who are beyond exhausted and continue to work on the front lines to care for the ill and contain the outbreak. When I think of them, in their full body hazmat suits all day long, I feel ashamed that I’m annoyed I have to wear a mask in public for a few hours.
I am thankful to have a job unaffected by the outbreak, financial stability, and the flexibility to work from home. My heart goes out to the mom and pop shops, small businesses and workers that are facing hardship right now.
I am thankful that my family, friends and I are healthy. (knocks on wood). My heart goes out to those who are not. In Korea, and all over the world.
I feel thankful for the outpouring of good in difficult times. I’d like to hold onto this belief in the good in people whenever the stories of small-mindedness, ignorance and racism start to trickle in.
Finally, I am thankful to you, my online friends, who have showed support here and on Instagram. Thank you for your kind and well wishes. I am sending you all the love.