2020 was a year to put behind us. COVID-19 created national lockdowns and the potential to have loved ones taken away from us. Millions of lives have been lost, and we still have a long way to go before life will be back to normal.
A quote from Mr Rogers goes viral every time there’s a crisis – “look for the helpers”. Doctors and nurses have put their lives on the line to battle a virus claiming the lives of the vulnerable. I hope on the other side of the pandemic we’ll properly value and respect the work our health care workers do.
It can be easy to track the hardships, but there’s always something to be grateful for. What have you been grateful for this year? I’ve started meditating regularly, using the stillness of lockdown to cement meditation as a habit. I also read some great books, Feral by George Monbiot and Outliers by Macolm Gladwell being two stand-outs.
I started to teach Martial Arts for the first time too. My prodigy, Emily, now has a deadly left cross and a dagger of a teep. I’ve loved sharing my knowledge of non-armed combat, and will be seeking more students in 2021. Have you started anything in 2020 you’ll carry into the new year?
A new year is a new beginning. A time to reflect and set goals. To forgive and move on. A time to think about what you’ve achieved from the past 12 months, and what you’d like to achieve in the next.
What are your goals for the new year? What part of yourself do you aim to work on? I’ve set myself the challenge of running a marathon in 2021, so you can all look forward to Strava screenshots and running quotes.
I hope 2021 is a better year for humanity. As difficult as it has been, shared hardship brings us closer together. Mutual struggle puts us all on the same team for a while. The sooner we realise we’re all the same, with fears and aspirations, the sooner we can build a better world for us all to live in.
Have a great 2021 everyone. Let’s smash it.