To new beginnings: 2021 – yes, please!
As we enter the last month of 2020, I think we can all agree that this is the year we’d like to forget. I personally can think of few other years filled with events that provoked such overwhelming feelings of disbelief, outrage and fear. Or maybe it’s just because I have forgotten the intensity and calamity caused by past horrific events in my lifetime and followed the only path available — the one moving forward.
2020 started without a hint of the devastation that would take place. It soon launched into a pandemic that was followed by hurricanes, earthquakes, uncontrolled wildfires, murders fueled by racial hatred, massive business closures, devastating job losses and an administration that refused to admit defeat. By October, the list of natural disasters was record-breaking and the intensity of everything was beyond what anyone could imagine. Our resilience has been tested. For many, there will be losses and scars from 2020 that will take many years to heal. Some people have had scars ripped open from past wounds that may take generations to overcome. Those of us who are fortunate enough to still have our good health, family safe and continuous work can be extremely grateful. We all need to come together to build on lessons learned from these life-changing events and do what we can to make a difference. We need to pledge to do better and work harder to hear each other — at work, at home and in all aspects of our lives.
Wherever you are on the spectrum, my wish for 2021 is that we will all rally together to create a united and decidedly better new year. Please take a minute to share your thoughts as we embark on a new year. What are you looking most forward to in 2021?
Footnote: Scientific American