A lot of people over the last few months have said they want 2020 to be over. Simply put, people want to turn the page into a new year and hopefully a new way of life that differs from the last 10-12 months.
I'm not sure how to feel about that because, on the one hand, I understand the sentiment. 2020 has been a year filled with chaos, disappointment, confinement, sacrifices and loss. Losses of hopes, dreams, loved ones, careers, plans, so much more. It's also been a year of lessons. Of blessings and reminders about what matters. Who is important to us and why.
I can understand wanting this year to be over, but my hope for you reading this is that you take a few minutes today to look back at 2020 and remember the good.
Remember the time you were given that allowed you to reconnect with people who you never could seem to find the time for before.
Remember the empty shelters that had been full of dogs and cats who now found great foster homes because people were all working from home.
Remember the triumph of making it to the end of the first week of homeschooling.
Remember the nights spent with your loved ones watching old and new shows on Netflix.
This year has been hard. There is no denying that. We all hope for a new year that brings more love, more togetherness and more calm. I hope for a new year that brings back HUGS.
The truth is there isn't anything I can think to write here that will put the year into perspective other than to say you survived it. You made it to the end of this crazy and chaotic year, and that in and of itself is reason to be proud of how much you did accomplish this year.
Some people may have accomplished big things, others may have only gotten dressed every day, but either way, you made it here, and you should be proud of that.
If someone had told us in January of 2020 what the year would look like by August or September, we never would have been able to picture all that this year has thrown at us.
So as you start in 2021, please try to remember how strong you are. How much you accomplished. How hard you fought just to survive the year and pat yourself on the back.
You can do hard things; this last year is proof of that.