I have always loved New Years. For me it has always been a time to reflect on the year behind us and celebrate what is to come. I have always felt that the ringing in of the New Year provided an opportunity to start anew and was a time to usher in new resolutions, intentions, goals, and plans.
Even if I am not able to sick to all my resolutions or accomplish all I had planned, each year I still strive to be better, do better
I must admit I wasn’t too disappointed to say good-bye to 2020. The year was fraught with a pandemic, civil unrest, divisiveness, and so much change and uncertainty.
But even amidst the darkness, I am thankful for several things. I held three different jobs in 2020 – three amazing jobs. I said good-bye to consulting, taught for a semester, and am now back in local government. When I decided to relocate from Ohio to Arizona this past summer, I was able to sell my condo in the middle of a pandemic and relocate closer to my family.
This year has taught me so much, and as I strive to do better this next year, I’ve learned a lot about myself and others while navigating the troubled terrain of 2020.
Change is hard, but often necessary. The pandemic made us change how we work, how we think about work, and how we interact with others. We had to innovate and learn new ways of doing what we had always done, in a very short period of time. I have been impressed with how quickly almost every profession adapted to our changing environment – restaurants, schools, medical facilities, businesses, and local government. There is no doubt that many of these changes will remain long after the pandemic has passed.
We crave human interaction. While I enjoy my time to myself, after working from home and teaching remotely I was ready to see and talk to others in person. Almost a year later, I still miss seeing my friends in person, traveling and most importantly being able to give hugs.
As we enter this next year, remember we are resilient. No matter what is thrown our way we have the ability to pull through and come out even stronger. I look forward to what 2021 has in store for all of us, I believe our future is bright!