I cooked my very first turkey last week. After watching videos, chatting with my grandma on her self-proclaimed “turkey tip hotline,” and carefully following all of the steps, my first bird was a success! The meat was perfectly cooked, we had leftovers for days and I only set off the smoke alarm once (note to self: an extra pan to catch the drippings beneath the roasting pan is a must). We missed our families of course, but there was something nice about not having to leave the house or change out of my favorite hoodie and sweatpants.
It’s been an unbelievably challenging year to say the least, but I find comfort in continuing to share and connect with others and never get tired of hearing how our members are adjusting to this new way of life. Many of us are ready to quickly turn the page to 2021 and put this year behind us. But as we continue to look ahead, take a moment to stop and consider these three questions:
- Is there something you tried for the first time this year?
- What are you grateful for that you didn’t have at this time last year?
- Do you have a new daily or weekly ritual that brings you comfort?
Maybe you too set off the smoke alarm with your first turkey or first batch of homemade bread. Or maybe you’ve learned to love FaceTiming or Zoom-ing with friends. Jot your thoughts in a journal, or feel free to tell me about it in the comments section. You may inspire someone else who’s reading this.