The New Year

Well, unbelievably, this is the last blog from me in 2020.

In some ways it seems like 2020 has lasted 100 years, and in other ways I can’t believe it’s nearly over.

This time last year I wrote about this week, the week between Christmas and New Year, as being a kind of limbo land where you don’t know what day it is and it’s always acceptable to be in your PJs and eat all day. This year I feel like that kind of sums up the last 10 months though.

There is a part of me that would like to believe that when I open my eyes in the morning on the 1st January 2021 everything will be back to “normal” and we’ll be able to restart our lives.

The logical part of me knows that will not be the case. I suspect we’ll be under tighter restrictions than before Christmas. (I’m writing this on 22nd Dec, so I don’t know.)

But I’ve still got a choice to make and so do you. It’s the same choice I’ve been making every day since March. Am I going to just sit this out or am I going to do whatever I can to make the most of it?

I must admit, the outcome of that choice varies from day to day for me. As I’m sure it does for you. Some days I am on it, full of energy and powering ahead – that has got me places this year. I have moved to a new house, gone full time self-employed, created 2 new workshops, self-published 2 Pocket Guides and a notebook on amazon and launched a 100-day e-mail journey to peace. I have cooked, eaten well and walked.

Other days, not so much. I have sat in the garden (remember when it was summer? Seems so long ago!) I have watched a lot of box sets and spent a lot of time scrolling through Facebook. I have eaten junk, sat on the sofa and felt melancholic.

There is no denying that 2020 has been crap in many ways – we’ve not been able to see our wider families, our freedoms have been limited, there has been a lot of fear, blame, anger, finger pointing and loo roll hoarding going on. Not to mention people feeling anxious and lonely.

But what we also saw was kindness, communities coming together to support one another, technology coming into its own to keep us connected. Many of us reclaimed massive amounts of time from commuting or travelling. We slowed down and had time to rest. We did more stuff together as families. So, it’s not been all bad.

Now 2021 is just around the corner, and I think it’s safe to say it’s not going to begin any easier than 2020 ended, but we can choose how we want to feel about that.

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