Whew! What a year this has been. Few people can dispute the fact that 2020 has been a year for the history books. For most of us, this year has served up a big ball of raw emotions ranging from fear surrounding COVID-19 to exhaustion involving the tumultuous presidential election. Add to all of this chaos is an unstable economy and bleak employment numbers. It's no wonder why we all don't just stay in bed with the blankets pulled over our heads.
Now, more than ever, many people face an uncertain future. For some, it can be difficult to muster up any sort of optimism about what’s to come while being knee-deep in a quarantine due to the pandemic. Yet and still, we press forward to try and create some semblance of normalcy. The seasonal marketing campaigns created by companies determined to sell us manufactured cheer this holiday season felt like background noise to help distract us from reality.
The fact remains: This year feels different. Heck, it IS different!
Should we look forward to the new year with optimism or dread? Will 2021 be better than 2020 or will it be a continuation? Only time will tell.
The making of resolutions for the new year provides a sense of promise about starting a new year more hopeful and optimistic about what’s to come.
Have you committed to a New Year's Resolution?
This year, I choose to keep things simple, realistic, and obtainable. No lofty goals for me!
With 2020 about to be in all of our rear-view mirrors, it's important to remember to look forward in order to see where we are headed.
Yes, 2020 was a rough year for everyone, but most mental health professionals urge us not to dwell in the past. We are supposed to learn from the past and hopefully grow from it as well so that we are able to overcome any negative experiences.
As I head into the new year, all I can say is that I will do my best to work towards achieving the personal and professional goals I have set for myself. I will also do my best to give myself a break and not be so hard on myself. Adulting is difficult most of the time and we should allow ourselves grace for when things do not turn out the way we expected them to.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected. To roll with the punches. To take some downtime to reassess and to recuperate.
Here's to wishing you a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2021.