As the clock struck midnight on Dec 31, 2020, relief filled the air across the globe. We made it. A year that seemed to never end and challenged us with each passing month, was finally over.
As we look back on the past year, the negatives seem to pile high. At a glance it would seem nothing good happened. But if we push those aside and take a closer look, it turns out there's more to last year than there seems.
“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.” — Gregory S. Williams
It is in the hardest times we learn the most about ourselves. This past year gave us the chance to find the spirit we forgot we had. The spirit that fuels neighborhood howls and morning send-offs. The spirit that passed from one Tik Tok dance to another. That filled your house with the smell of banana bread and the sight of all the DIY/decor projects you've been meaning to do but haven't had the time. The spirit that created countless memories of walks, games, and movie marathons with your families that may have never happened. This spirit fueled each and every one of us through each month, each new obstacle, and kept us going even when things seemed to hit their lowest.
Everyone thought 2020 was going to be "our year". It wasn't what we expected, but in a lot of ways it was our year. It was our year to be strong. Our year to adapt. Our year to sacrafice for the greater good. Our year to reflect. Our year to come together. Our year to appreciate what we have and stop taking the little things for granted.
The clock keeps ticking; as it brings us further into 2021 and 2020 begins to fade in our review mirror, it's important we remember the lessons we've learned and carry our strength and spirit with us going forward. If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that nothing is guaranteed and your year is what you make of it. So set sail into 2021, make the most of each day and know that you are strong enough to handle whatever this year has to bring.