I've spent the better part of this year trying to simply figure out the agenda behind it all. What direction will I travel in, what do I do now and what exactly do I say. While those are clearly questions, they are also the boldest statements and facts of 2020. It firmly goes without saying this is the year we all want to forget, and for many reasons. The year of unknowns, heartache, new revelations, fear and dismay. A barrier is defined as a fence or other obstacle that prevents movement or access. I think you catch my drift by now.
One of things people hate more than anything is being told what to do, how to do it and when they should do the things they have grown to love each and every day of their lives. Some of us conformed and some fought back with the stubbornness of a toddler who was just forfeited play time. You can turn it upside down, sideways, look at it through rose colored glasses, the picture remains the same. This isn't the time when you get to change the narrative without adjusting the plot twist just a bit.
If you have ever been told that you have the classic 'resting bitch face' then this is your year because it's easily hidden. Everywhere you go there is a sign reminding you to 'remain six feet away' or 'be kind and wear a mask'. How can we forget, it's plastered all over the world. Mass confusion, unanswered questions has been heavy on our brains since this all began. After months of doing what seemed to be best, it has now become the new normal and I doubt it will change anytime soon, yet I forever remain hopeful.
I am a firm believer with bad and uncomfortable things there is always an element of good. So where exactly is this silver lining? Even with all the strange and oddball things this year threw at us, so many found their purpose, spent more time with their family, bonds and love grew deeper, new talents were found and friendships while tested, mean more than they ever have. Perfection is for movies, it doesn't always exist in our real lives, but we can get as close as possible and take it from there. Also known as, one step and one day at a time.
My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones this year, some due to the pandemic and some for other reasons. My well wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery go out to those who are recovering and have a testimony to share. My prayers go out to the people who don't know how to work this crazy world on their own and are suffering from loneliness and depression, and last but most certainly not least, my sincere thanks to the men and women who are on the front line, the doctors, nurses, care-givers and so many more. We couldn't do this without you!
In closing, as the world continues to come together to rebuild the broken pieces we will be stronger because of it, more resilient in the face of change and ever grateful for the experience of it all. As hard as it might be, it's time to leave some things in the past, start fresh and let the new year greet you like sunshine on a bright and beautiful day.
My wish to you is that the new year is kind to you and that peace, love and joy are never-ending.
Happy New Year! I'm sure for you the best is yet to come! Wishing you happiness and prosperity always my favorite friend. Love u
I'm beyond excited for this new year, adventures, just all of it ☺️ Happiest of New Year wishes to you and your family as well. Love you too!!!
Angie L. Euell
I pray and believe 2021 will be phenomenal. Thank you for your unconditional friendship. Don't know how I would've made it thru without you my friend. Happy New Year 🥰 Beautiful lady. I love you!
Yes I feel the same, 2021 will be a great year, challenges will be present but another year to continue forward towards something great. Awww, thank you so much, I am always here as your friend and couldn't imagine it any other way. Happy New Year to you as well. Love you ❤️
When I was a high school basketball player I remember my varsity coach having one rule that I absolutely could not stand. If you made a mistake, you were taken out of the game. Even at the clueless but think we know it all age of 16, I knew in my heart that wasn't right. The person that made the mistake is the one most likely to hustle back on defense and make up for it, get the offensive rebound or knockdown the payback three pointer. As our team languished and lost I made a pact to make up for it and win, about everything in life---not just basketball. I consider that experience a microcosm of life....especially as we approach a New Year. Sure, we may wish the bad thing(be it a play or a year) didn't happen....but we have the glorious opportunity to stay in the game and make up for it. Can we really? Of course! Do we? Might as well. Will we? You bet. That's exactly why we're still in the game! And, after we make up for it, then, we're going to propel our team ahead!
Very well said! Being able to make up for things near and dear to us is what it is all about. I see it as a chance to tweak and peak as I see fit. An opportunity to make changes and to set our sights on new and amazing things. Wishing is just part of the fun, but making those wishes and dreams come true is even better. We sure can't change the course of this past year but like you same we have the opportunity to stay in the game and make a difference. What an honor. Thanks as always for your support and very poignant words ☺️ Happy New Year!!!
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AJ is a creative writer and storyteller writing from her home in Indiana.
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