I came into the New Year with a high level of optimism and sensations that felt euphoric; I couldn’t trace the source of this strong feeling, but I was so grateful to feel this way. 2020 was HEAVY – like multiple double-decker buses stacked together. Imagine having to carry that on your chest, day in day out. Simply exhausting.
On, both, a personal and community level, 2020 was weighty and left a lot of us feeling drained. Yet, we found moments of genuine joy, and a reoccurring positive I’ve heard from many is how we’ve been able to strengthen various relationships that pre-COVID days had us too busy to nurture. I, for one, reconnected with a cousin I haven’t seen or spoken to in almost 20 years. Discovering how similar we are, despite growing up worlds apart, has been amazing; I feel so blessed to have a cousin who I have also chosen to be a friend – I know you know how rare that is!
As we continue to make sense of what it’s like to live through a global pandemic, and maintain some form of normalcy, I pray that 2021 provides new vision and changes to further create a ‘new normal’ that works for us.
I love the renewed community spirit that the restrictions of 2020 brought about – enforced distance, ironically brought many close together, and we found ways to maintain and form more authentic relationships. Perhaps you cut down your friendship circle and now consider them your family. Perhaps your relationship with yourself is stronger.
15 days into the New Year, and despite being in another lockdown in the middle of winter, I have still managed to maintain optimism about the year. Reflecting over last year’s events helped me to realise all the blessings 2020 brought, some of which I was too deep into survival mode to notice and be thankful for when they happened.
A huge goal and practice for 2021 is to be more present in the moment. Intentionally training my mind to be present leaves room for gratitude. Yes, it may sound cliché but expressing daily gratitude is a sure-fire way to not only remain optimistic but also to show yourself that you have plenty to be thankful for. Try it; it could be a daily note to self in your journal or a gratitude jar where you keep daily thoughts – you will be amazed at how much in your life you feel grateful for, and on days where you don’t feel it, reading the notes may just boost your morale!
2020 was a year where I saw many pick up hobbies and skills; some were old dreams deferred and now brought to light, others were just things done to pass time. Regardless of where you fall, 2021 is a year to continue to hone these skills and, hopefully, find a connection to your Higher Self in the process. I know isolation is tough, but you will never get this time back.
If 2020 was heavy for you , I hope you can put it down.
2021 will be lighter for us all, and may we have more in-person interactions without being rewarded with renewed lockdown.
2021 will be brighter for us all, and an end to dark days that provide no respite
2021 will be a year where we are relentless in going after what we want.
2021 will be a year where we thrive, not just survive