A glimpse of what this promising new year holds for us
At last, 2021 is upon us. Wow, we made it through 2020, a year that brought the unexpected. None of us were prepared for any of it. Looking back, it is easy to focus on the negatives of 2020, but let us not forget the positives that came out of it. Both the good and the bad have made us stronger as a community. We can finally put 2020 behind us. Yes, I understand that screaming “Happy New Year!” on January 1 does not magically solve all of our problems, but it does give us hope for the good things to come this year.
In 2021, as more and more businesses and schools begin to open up, we hope to start seeing life return to a similar version of what it was before. I know I’m hoping that at some point this year we won’t have to wear masks everywhere we go. Perhaps we will finally be able to dine-in at our favorite restaurants, go to concerts, go to movie theaters, and actually attend school face-to-face.
If 2020 taught us anything, it taught us to be grateful. 2021 will reunite us with the things that we took for granted for so long, like grabbing a bite to eat with friends and being surrounded by the people we love. Our elevated appreciation of the little things in life will make 2021 one of the most memorable years of our lives.
We all thought that 2020 was going to be this amazing year of clarity and grandeur but instead were faced with countless adversities that led to clouded vision and fear of the unknown. However, it is also the exact reason that coming out of 2020 we have a clearer vision and clearer perspective of our lives. We know which areas of our world need extra attention and what things we need to distance ourselves from. 2021 is offering us a fresh opportunity to mend broken relationships, make wiser decisions, and demonstrate the power of love to others now that we realize we were and never will be fully in control. We should not expect perfection from 2021, but expect ourselves to make the most out of this year.
Author: Katarina Quintana|Opinions Editor