• Corrine Zahra

DEEP DIVE: We’ve Got A Lot To Be Grateful For As The Year Comes To An End

A Breakdown Of 2021

As the year closes, we’re all probably looking back at 2021 negatively. The pandemic has really affected our lives - however, we still did live this past year & there had to be some good.

As sh*t as this year has been, it’s important to look back & recognise how much we’ve been through & yet still pushed forward. So we really should give ourselves a big pat on the back & appreciate all the hard work we’ve done.

The pandemic has also affected us mentally & it hasn’t been easy for anyone. Giving yourself time to heal from past issues helps you live more in the present & more forward too. We should appreciate ourselves for not giving up.

As a society, we tend to want what we don’t have & not look back at all the good that we’ve done & we have. And that’s exactly why we need to cut ourselves some slack.

Sh*t To Be Grateful For

At the end of the day, we do have a lot to be grateful for. We get to wake up in a bed every morning, go to school, or work, & provide for ourselves & others.

You who are reading this probably have a roof over your head, food in the fridge, clean clothes & warm water.

But it’s not just these basic needs. We are fortunate enough to have advanced technology that has made our lives more comfortable. Something as simple as owning a phone is being taken for granted nowadays.

We are spoilt for choice - we can go to the supermarket & buy food easily. If we want something in any particular colour, we’ll just buy it online. Maybe we need to appreciate the little things we have, instead of complaining about the things we don’t.

We Are Privileged

Although life means surviving certain harsh realities, it would be meaningless if we didn’t live a little. And we have the opportunity to live life properly, while others don’t.

In Malta, we’re very aware of migrants’ situation; how they to leave their homes, travel across the Mediterranean Sea to a foreign land, & face hardships when they arrive. The displacement they must feel is already a lot - but imagine having no home, no money, & owning nothing.

The fact that we have so many options, rights & freedoms whereas some people don’t because of their governments, circumstance or monetary situation, only shows just how privileged we are.

Some weren’t as lucky this year. 1,369 migrants died at sea in 2021. 5 million people have died of COVID-19 so far. About 600,000 people die of malaria ever single year whilst around 5 million people died of cancer in 2020 worldwide.

We Are Loved

As we leave this year behind us & head into the next, we should continue moving forward rather than let the past & meaningless things in our lives hold us back.

We have a lot more to be grateful for than we think. We are surrounded by people who love us & take care of us which we don’t always realise or appreciate. We are lucky to be breathing & living healthily, even with our struggles because the struggle is worth it.

We should be grateful for what we have but more importantly, grateful & blessed that we have bright futures ahead.


How Do You Feel About Entering The New Year Right Now?