2020 started with a bang.
I don’t know about you, but I usually keep it pretty quiet and low key on New Year’s Eve. But last year, we went to a party. And it was an EXCELLENT party. Not the kind where you tell your people goodbye at 12:01.
2020 started with a bang. So I shouldn’t have been surprised at what was to come.
Within 3 months, I was using the word “pivot” daily. And not just in reference to “Friends” or hurricane season. The new hot profile picture was you in your mask. And if you got to Trader Joe’s and the line outside didn’t loop around the building, it was time to celebrate, because that was the highlight of your week.
We developed things like “Zoom Fatigue” because regular fatigue wasn’t enough. We felt lonely and scared for a lot of 2020.
2020 was weird. It was uncomfortable. And it isn’t quite over.
Sure the year ends today, but that doesn’t mean we’ll wake up tomorrow and the world looks like it did back in February. But I think what 2021 does have in store, is a renewed sense of hope.
We learned a lot about ourselves in 2020. And it turns out that we can do really hard things.
We learned that a community, a support system, whether it is the one you were born into or the one you created, can get you through tough times if you are only willing to lean on them a little. And that when you lean in, you can make it through anything.
The hard thing about 2020 was that we were ALL struggling, but that was also kind of the beauty. It forced us to get creative and learn to let go a bit.
I think as we start the new year, it’s not time to run from the past year and pretend it didn’t happen. It’s time to take a look at all of it; the good, the bad, and the ugly and figure out how to apply what we learned and continue to do the things that make us TRULY happy. We can’t walk away from the 2020, parts of it are coming with us into 2021. But it’s up to us which parts we take and how we use them.
“When the dust settles, we will forever know who we love, what we need, and where we truly want to be.”
What are you bringing with you to 2021?