As we bid goodbye to the history-making year of 2020, I am happy to say that we made it! The pandemic has affected all of us, globally and personally. It's a year that may be gone but will never be forgotten. As we often do at this time of the year - pause and reflect, how would you sum up 2020?
2020 was a year of _________ (fill in the blank).
Perhaps, 2020 was a year of loss, acceptance, and change.
Loss. It was a year of unimaginable loss. Loss of loved ones, directly or indirectly, due to COVID-19. 344,877 people have lost their lives due to illness related to COVID-19. Loss of jobs - 20.8 million people lost jobs in April alone. Loss of the opportunity to celebrate special events with families and friends. Loss of innocence. The amount of pain and suffering may lessen with time but a hole will ever remain in our hearts.
Acceptance. There is no word that can comfort; there is only acceptance. Accept what happened and what it is. Accept that we are all different, with differing opinions and stances on the pandemic and the politics. At the end of the day, we are all just trying our best. Let's embrace what makes us unique and let go of frustration and hatred.
Change. The pandemic has permanently altered the way we live and work. On the positive side, it has accelerated some already existing trends such as remote work and telemedicine. Though the effects of the pandemic are hard to predict, we will have to be open to these changes and adapt to the "new normal" in the not-too-distant future.
On my hike this morning in my beloved San Gabriel mountains, the sun rose as beautiful and as ever. I can't help but feel optimistic and hopeful.
As we welcome 2021 and making goals, how would you envision the new year?
2021 will be a year of _______________ (fill in the blank).
May you find hope, inspiration, and courage to achieve physical, mental, and financial health!
Here comes the sun (doo-doo-doo-doo)
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right
Happy New Year!