It's a New Year
Updated: Jan 6, 2021
2020 was a tough year. Everything and anything that went wrong was blamed on 2020. You heard often "F off 2020", "Peace out 2020", "Worst year ever- 2020". People were so excited to be rid of last year and on to 2021. New year, new beginnings, and fresh starts.
Here is the reality. We wouldn't be in the year 2021 if it wasn't for 2020. There was a lot of good that happened last year, despite all the things that went wrong. All that we learned and take away from last year will make 2021 a different year, hopefully a better one. We will see things with a different perspective, with a renewed appreciation. We may remember the simplicity of staying home. We may have finished a puzzle or built legos with our kids. We may have enjoyed less maxed out schedules. We may even someday miss those zoom chats/cocktails with friends.
I remember feeling so conflicted when the year 2018 rang in. 2017, was the year that my worst nightmare came true. I remember not wanting another year to start without Devin. I also remember feeling that I should be excited that the worst year was over. But, it wasn't the worst year of my life. I had the worst heartbreak imaginable, but it was also a year filled with so much love, support and memories. I have more beautiful memories from one year alone, than some people experience in their entire lives. My boys were together, and despite all the uncertainty, that was the only thing that mattered.
Try not to wish away the days. They may be the ones that you wish you could have back. As hard as it is at times, embrace each day and all that it brings. There is always something good, something to learn from, and something to be grateful for. Seek out the silver linings. Find the beauty in the broken.
Thank you to all the first responders and essential workers who put others before themselves. To all the kind neighbors who helped the elderly or the immune compromised. To those who sent care packages to make loved ones smile. We may have had to find meanings we never knew existed for the term "socially distant" but we were never alone.
Cheers to a healthy and happy new year!