Waving Goodbye to 2020

Goodbye 2020, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

I think we’re all ready to be done with this year. Sadly, it wasn’t the year’s fault. 2020 didn’t want to be a jerk. It didn’t set out to make us miserable. There was no outward laughing as we struggled. 2020 didn’t set out to push all our buttons.

Oh, but it did.

2020 was indeed a year of challenge, on practically every level of our existence, for all of us. In some way, shape or form, your life probably changed this year.

Here’s what I want you to consider; what about it was good? Seriously. What was good? What did you learn about yourself? What did you gain? Where did your life/your family grow? How did you practice resilience? How deep did you dig to find your moxie? How far did you go to keep life moving and grooving? What meaning did connection take on for you? I assure you that you have conquered, you have kicked ass and taken names. You are a survivor.

I’m not saying we’re all done with the struggles, challenges, the upsides and downsides. I think if you’re paying attention at all you’ve come to recognize life is going to be different for awhile, there’s no doubt about it.

2020 has been a tough year in many ways, but there have been incredible gifts in all the crazy. Many people have had more of their own time around their very own homes, with their people of choice, then even before in their lives. Initially, some did not appreciate this. I can’t tell you about all the Mom’s I heard complaining about their kids! And, lovingly I would remind them they did indeed create them on purpose, and that raising them was indeed part of the implied deal of parenthood. A month or two later, I was hearing stories of how they had time to play in the yard with their kids in the middle of the week, and that had never happened before. I know people who gardened because they had time, and very little money and needed to eat, and now are avid gardeners and love their new found connection to the land. I had to almost laugh at all the spouses who were so fed up with their relationships, and a month later had a new appreciation for their spouses ability to balance kids, jobs, marriage, education, making dinner and keeping everyone sane in the process. Teachers have received some of the credit they deserve! I know couples who have separated because the facade they were working their butts off to keep up collapsed around them. And finally, (hear me out on this, I’m not a horrible person, I swear to you), there are some things that need to be brought into the light, and keeping up with the keeping up, just keeps us in the dark of what’s really important in our life.

Welcome to the light. 2020 turned on a light switch on all the things that make us uncomfortable, all the things we take for granted, the things we assumed were and would always be a certain way, and found out how fragile our assumptions truly are. 2020 helped us get creative and resourceful; distance working, distance learning, and at many homes both are happening simultaneously. You are a rock star and this year proved it.

Wave goodbye to 2020, not in that kick it out the door way, but as these last days pass you by, say thank you. For the good, the bad and the ugly.

It’s been real. And if we give ourselves the chance to see it, it has been a lot of great growth, which while uncomfortable, always gives us a boost to our next place of glory.

Shine on my friends. See you in 2021.

Blessings Galore, Anne

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