Happy New Year!
Or is it? Let’s be honest, when 2020 rolled around I think we were all expecting something a little different than a pandemic, protests and the swarm of death and illness that plagued us throughout the year. Where some like to take this time to reflect on the year they had, others can’t wait to get far enough away from 2020 so that its sting of sadness and quarantine life is nothing but a distant memory.
If you’re like me, chances are you’re probably cautiously optimistic, yet very hopeful for what 2021 is going to bring. You’re looking forward to the silver lining. You’re looking forward to the light at the end of this dark tunnel. You’re looking forward to the fruits of what seemed to be intense labour with the added pressure of homeschooling. You may even want to return to some semblance of what life used to be, but I am truly hoping that is not the case and here’s why.
Imagine a world where people were more mindful of each other. Imagine a world where people looked out for one another and supported one another. Imagine a world where people were so thoughtful of others (and themselves) that they cleaned and sanitized their hands more often so as not to spread or catch any germs. Imagine there are all kinds of financial support from the government and corporations, and communities or even families can receive opportunities to thrive. Imagine, anyone who just needs someone to believe in them enough, will be given a chance to flourish.
In this post-pandemic world, parents are spending more time at home with their children and getting to know them better. Our environment suffers less pollution because more people are working from home and business productivity is better than it has ever been. People are saving more money because they’re not going out and spending unnecessarily, but at the same time, shopping has become easy and convenient. A simple search and click-of-a-button (and a credit card number for new online shoppers) reduces the energy and exhaust invested to get us to stores near and far.
In this world, people are more aware of their health and they want to give their bodies what it needs to be able to withstand a virus, infection, illness, ageing and anything else that threatens to take away their strength and vitality. As a result, people are more mindful of what they eat and drink and they are realizing that their home is quite possibly, the only gym membership they need.
I believe this is the world we are stepping into for 2021 and beyond. It’s the new normal. For us to want to “go back to how things were” would be a complete waste of all the change that came with 2020. Yes, it would be nice to go to the corner store without having to wear a mask. It would be nice to just hop in your car and go visit friends without worrying about capacity limitations. But the optimist in me considers it a small price to pay for this great and wonderful new world that awaits us.
I am reminded of my own “setbacks” as a cancer patient. My last round of treatments were more painful than usual. The long drives across the city can be daunting at times. The blessing is that I only have to go every 3 months, so in hindsight and in the grand scheme of things, the suffering really doesn’t compare with the glory of the healing that happens within me daily due to these treatments.
The healing and transformation of our world is worth the blip in time that was 2020 if it means a new and improved global village.
Happy 2021 Everybody!