While we may typically think of heroes as firefighters or civilians who go out of their way to help strangers in need, this year has reminded us that we live in a world full of heroes. Heroes who put themselves at risk to make sure we’re taken care of, or those who continue to work long, exhausting hours to provide for their families. Those are the heroes who keep the world running, and we need them to know just how much we appreciate them.
X-Men star Hugh Jackman has brought us plenty of joy during quarantine, from cast reunions to his wildly entertaining friendly feuds with Ryan Reynolds. Like anyone who takes time and energy to make the world brighter, we’re extremely grateful to celebrities who do exactly that – in part because it gives us a break in the monotony of quarantine, but also because their enormous reach inspires others to do the same.
In a recent video he shared on Twitter, Hugh Jackman shared an important tradition he and his wife Deb Furness partake in each year. The couple takes time to reflect, embracing the gratitude they feel towards things they may ordinarily take for granted. This year, as Jackman explains in his video, he’s enormously grateful to the essential workers who have allowed us to continue living our lives despite the massive obstacles this year has brought.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) December 17, 2020
Jackman explains, “Something I try to practice, Deb too, is at the end of each year really think about all the things we’re grateful for in our lives. As 2020 comes to a close, I don’t think any of us would be sorry to see that happening, I just feel incredible gratitude to all the essential workers. Honestly, you guys. Men and women across so many areas are just being true heroes and I, and my whole family, are so blessed and lucky that we’ve been able to rely on all of you doing your jobs so brilliantly in order to keep us safe.”
Noting the snow-covered ground Jackman continues, “Today’s another example. There are people out there driving snow plows, people making the street safe for us. I just want to say thank you, to all of you.”
The year has been a challenging one, without a doubt. But both Hugh Jackman and Mr. Rogers make an excellent point; look for the helpers. As long as there are helpers (and truly, there will always be helpers) – everything seems just a bit less daunting.