Other than the year 2000, I don’t think I’ve seen a more highly anticipated and desperately needed new year than 2021. Everywhere you turn, somebody is talking about how awful and rotten 2020 has been. And while I’ll agree that many have gone through trying times, ranging from tough to traumatic, I don’t think we should wipe the records clean of the year 2020.

It has been a year of sickness, death, isolation, unemployment, and financial ruin. It has also been a year of regrouping, reprioritizing, and repurposing. There is only so much binge-watching you can do before you find yourself evaluating your life. Your values, goals, and friend lists. We’ve had to get creative with our free time. Puzzles, walks, zoom game nights, and virtual wine tastings. And we’ve actually had to think about what makes us happy instead of running full speed ahead through life, hoping happiness will stick on us along the way.

While it’s true that 2020 robbed us of concerts, conventions, holiday parties, and graduations, it also gave us time for perspective. Time to consider the spaces we live in and how to make them a place for joy and rest. And though our face to face interaction with friends and colleagues disappeared, our time with family was strengthened. We were challenged to find new ways to connect with those who were important to us outside of our households.

And I think all of this led to MORE connection, not less.

So as we run into 2021, let’s begin to heal from the wounds that 2020 definitely inflicted on us. Let’s leave behind the pain and frustration caused by the pandemic. But let’s take with us the lessons that it has taught us and our new appreciation for the things that matter to us most.

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