These past almost two years have been pretty rough for everyone but for me, this year was especially challenging. As the end of the year nears, instead of focusing on all the negative things that have affected me and many others, I wanted to talk about some of the things that have had a positive impact on me in 2021.
I’m Thankful for My Life Partner
To start things off, I must hand it to my life partner. He’s been my main support throughout this trying year. He is always there when I need him to be, whether it’s an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. He is someone that takes care of me and helps me out on days where I need more assistance than usual. His ability to adapt to different situations is commendable. Most importantly, he is someone I’ve been able to make very meaningful memories with, year after year. This year being no exception! I couldn’t ask for a better main support and person to spend my life with.
I’m Grateful for Sewing Machines
Secondly, I’m highly thankful for my sewing machines. Since 2015 or 2016, sewing has been my main hobby, specifically making cosplays. It’s kept me sane all this time! There are only a few things I get more joy from than designing an outfit from scratch, sewing it, and bringing it from paper to reality. I’m even more thankful that the sewing machine company that I use responded back to my email inquiry about accessible sewing and directed me to a machine that is fully operational via buttons on the machine. Prior to this, I held the foot pedal in one hand while only having one hand to maneuver fabric with. This is especially hard for me and nearly impossible on days where my left arm is out of commission. Thank you, Singer, for making a great machine that is operable by hand!
I’m Thankful for My Indoor Therapy Swing
My indoor therapy swing is another thing that I am extremely thankful for and glad that I received this year. It sits in my living room and it has been so amazingly helpful for me. When I’m stressed or overstimulated, it allows me the comfort of a full body back and forth rock that I can tuck my whole body into. Prior to my body changing, I spent so much time outdoors swinging. Unfortunately, there are no accessible swings around our area so having my own personal one that I can be in safely is the next best thing! I love to watch YouTube and zone out (my guinea pig loves it too)!
I’m Grateful for My Pets
I’d like to talk about my pets, who I am extremely thankful for, and how they have helped me. As I’ve mentioned, I have a guinea pig and her name is Nugget! Up until early this morning, I had another one named Carmilla Swirl, due to her white/dark brown/light brown coloration (rest in peace, you chunky love furball). I also have a rabbit named March who has pointy ears and a cat named Geist. They are all incredibly loving and always cheer me up on rough days.
One of my favorite things that always brings a smile to my face is my fridge alarm, aka my guineas (and sometimes my rabbit, who will rattle her cage bars), who make a “wheeking” noise every time I open the fridge (or wrinkle a bag)! They know that sound usually leads to them getting spoiled with fresh veggies! Holding them and being able to pet them and play with them always takes my mind off things. It really seems like they know. Often times, my cat will randomly join me upstairs or on my couch almost as if she knows that I need her in the moment. It’s always nice to be met each morning with my eager smaller animals running over to the sides of their enclosures to greet me.
I’m Thankful for My Stretto
Lastly, I’m thankful that I regained a lot of my independence by getting my new power wheelchair earlier this year. Being able to better move around my house has been amazing. I’ve been able to cook and clean again without as much assistance. I can go outside for more than a few minutes without struggling or getting tired. The outdoors especially means a heck of a lot to me. I’ve enjoyed going on adventures on our city’s accessible trails.
Looking back at all of these things has made me realize that even though it’s been a hard year, I stayed positive through it and I’m glad that I can see that.
About Chrysanthemum Chan: Chrysanthemum is an award-winning cosplayer and Quantum brand ambassador. She enjoys fashion, cosplay and music and has a TikTok channel with over 380,000 followers. Click here to learn more about Chrysanthemum.
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