I doubt there are very many people is the world who will be sad to say goodbye to 2020. It's been one of the craziest years of my life and I find it difficult to accurately describe. But, if I were to label it, it would simply be surreal. From the pandemic to plane crashes, natural disasters, riots, the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the presidential fiasco in the USA; it's all been a bit overwhelming, and has had me asking on many occasions, is this for real? Is this our world now? Is this us?
I find myself hoping that 2021 will bring us a vaccine that will transition the world from sickness and death to good health and healing. I also hope that we can all find some peace and justice as we move forward with a new year, and that humanity will come together in love and kindness for one another. I hope we can begin to heal the wounds that were so publicly laid bare during this year of turmoil and despair. I hope our new normal is less isolating, more inclusive, and most importantly, equal to all.
I'm going into the new year with some set goals. I refuse to call them New Year's Resolutions because those hardly ever stick, and why would I want to set myself up for failure? So, some of these goals are personal and some are professional, but they are all things that I feel are of the utmost importance. They are things I've already been working on and want to continue, things that I've always wanted to pursue, but never knew how, and also things that will be both beneficial to me and to others in my community and world. My goals this year line up with my personal journey to find inner peace, happiness, and to be generous, kind, and understanding to all.
It's been a tough year for us, just as it has been for everyone else. We've all had our individual struggles, but we aren't alone in those. The whole world was brought to its knees during this pandemic and ensuing financial crisis. I'm thankful for our continued health and income, as many have been stripped of both. I'm thankful for the roof over our heads and the food on the table. I'm thankful that we were able to make ends meet on a one income budget and that we had enough left over to be able to be of help to others. I'm thankful and I'm hopeful, and that is how I am going into 2021, with hope and gratitude.
So goodbye 2020. You Will not soon be forgotten, but hopefully you will never be relived.
I'll see you next year, lovelies, but until then, stay safe, be kind, be loving, & be better!