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.
AJ writes & blogs from her home in Atlanta, GA. You can also find her work as a contributing writer at www.groovmagazine.com
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