Every year people make new resolutions, to achieve more and more. Earn more, do more. Or do less – lose weight, declutter. Be better – meditate, be mindful, grow your own kale. To be something else than what has been their norm for the past year – their past life.
It will be great this year! We have vaccines and 2020 is over. And just like that, life is back to normal.
Except it won’t be.
Most countries face a long dark phase of more cases and overloaded hospitals, or street fighting, lack of faith in their government, and a deep distrust of their fellow humans. Society has been tested and often found wanting this year. The basics of taking care of each other, trust, democracy, and goodwill have been broken, and it will take a lifetime to restore these ideals. And it’s not like climate change went away, or pollution, or corruption. You may feel that you got nothing done.
But there were good things that came out of the darkness of 2020. Science, while maligned in some countries, persevered, and produced vaccines in record times. There has been growing awareness and help for domestic violence and mental health issues. Medical advances in Alzheimer’s. Workplaces discovered more flexibility in hours, allowing for less commuting. Breakthroughs in producing lab grown meat and schemes that reduce poverty and deforestation. A new species of whale was discovered. Healers, cleaners, and labourers were lauded as the foundations of how our society functions.
For all of us, it has been a year of heartache, of doomscrolling and fear. And a deep sense of loss of what was normal and not cherished as much as we should have.
So, I urge everyone to forget resolutions. There is no need to put more pressure on yourself, and perhaps now we are all more aware of the hidden struggles of others. Do things that create joy, that lift and heal your spirits. Then send that joy and kindness into the world as best you can in understanding and support.
The world may never return to normal, but we can create a new normal. A world that is more equal for humans, animals and the planet. Now that’s a resolution that is worth making.
Cindy Tomamichel is a multi genre author, with her SMP series Druid’s Portal a time travel action adventure romance set in Roman Britain. Short stories of fantasy, scifi and romance can be found on her website, where she blogs on aspects of world building. Her latest release -The Organized Author – provides much needed help for authors trying to navigate social media and build an author platform. Doing NaNo this year? Check out her free book NaNoWriMo Ready.
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