I’m trying to write something about how long and difficult 2020 has felt and how I’m doing my best to keep my eyes focused on just being here now while also looking at lights in the road ahead, better times coming. But the words aren’t doing what I’d like them to do, I keep erasing and starting over. Here’s one more try (hopefully the last try) to say this:
I’m so very fortunate and so very grateful for all of the amazing people in my life. The people who take time out of their lives to listen to me and others, share their joy and pain, give encouragement and ask for encouragement. The people who offer help to others even as they struggle to help themselves. The people who are feeling so down, so anxious, so worn out, but are still doing what they can, working for a better tomorrow for everyone. All of you, my friends–yes, even you hiding in the corner there, thinking you haven’t done anything special and don’t deserve notice or praise–all of you make this world a better, brighter place. I admire and adore you all. You’re amazing.
We’ve lost far, far too many people this year. Let’s take their memories and their spirits with us into 2021, let them give our lives more meaning, let them continue to change the world…through us.
I love you all and I’m so glad I get to go into this new year with you. This past year, which feels more like 10 years smooshed into one, has been really difficult in so many ways. But you all have helped keep me going, and I will do my best to help keep you going. Things won’t instantly get better in 2021, but after making it through 2020, I feel like we can keep moving, out of the deep darkness and into the light. I’m happy to say goodbye to 2020 and make my way with you through 2021.
Thank you, my friends! And Happy New Year!