Leaving 2020 behind

It’s here! It’s finally here! It’s the last week of 2020 and I think we are all ready to close the door on this year.

The stroke of midnight certainly will not magically make everything better, but for many, it will symbolize the possibility of what’s ahead.

Many of our neighbors lost loved ones this past year. Many lost jobs or left them to take on the role of education coordinator for their children. Many were sick. Many felt the strains of COVID that came in the form of economic uncertainty, emotional health, mental health and physical health.

Many who followed guidelines from the start live alone and were lonely, while others had a whole lot of togetherness. No matter your situation, I think we can agree 2020 was a trying time.

And I hate to say it, but I think the first few months of 2021 will be much the same. I also think it will turn around and be a better year for us all.

That is my New Year’s wish – that 2021 is just . . . better.

For me, 2020 wasn’t all bad. I spent a lot of time with my family, took New England day trips and saw places I would not have seen if it wasn’t for the pandemic. We had many family game nights, movie nights and read books. I had the chance to spend a little extra time with my preteen children before they’re too cool to spend time with their parents anymore.

While much of 2020 was a challenge, it also gave us the opportunity to pause. The world slowed down and I don’t think that was a bad thing.

At the stroke of midnight, I’m not expecting miracles. Honestly, I may not even be awake! But I am hopeful and I plan to take to best of 2020 into the new year. I hope you do, too.



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