Today marks one year since the last hug I received.
It's hard to believe it's been so long. It was a hug from a friend who'd just driven me home from the hospital (I'd needed surgery), and I can't remember how those arms felt around me. Was it a long hug, a hard hug, a simple and fast goodbye hug?
I miss hugs.
This pandemic has affected all of us in different ways. Whether you feel like you can't wait to get out there and be with all the people when it's safe, or you actually like the excuse to stay at home and aren't ready to rejoin the world, or you're somewhere in-between, you are not alone.
I wanted to share this because I know you may be in the same place as me. Maybe you've kept distanced from vulnerable members of your family, or maybe you are vulnerable and keeping yourself safe. Maybe the pandemic is the perfect excuse to avoid 'those' people who always make you feel bad anyway, and the result is that you feel more alone.
I've just gotten my second vaccine shot, and I know I'll soon have a chance to meet with other family and friends who are fully vaccinated too. I'll finally get to meet (and cuddle!) my new nephew and spend time with my nieces. I'll get to see my parents, and celebrate the successes of my friends over the past year that I've missed. I'll also be able to mourn those we've lost in person with others too.
The pandemic isn't over yet, and I know there is still time before I get my next hug. And you'd better believe it's going to be a doozy. I'm really gonna hug that next person so hard, and never take something as simple as a hug for granted again.
Be grateful for the simple things.
Even today, on an anniversary I never thought I'd see - because I never thought I'd go a year without hugging someone - I am grateful.
I am grateful for all the hugs I've received before, and the hugs I'll get in the future. I'm grateful for my health, and security, and all the good things I know are coming my way. I am grateful too for all of you who like to hear from me, and you'll be hearing from me more soon.
Right now, I'd love to hear from you! What are you grateful for today, big or small? Leave a comment below and let me know.
Until next time,