As 2020 comes to a close, the worlds of news and social media are filled with analysis, reviews, the best of this, and the worst of that. I think we can all agree that there are plenty of topics to throw into that last bucket for 2020. Words of wisdom seem to be everywhere. Now, it’s my turn. I don’t get paid for this, so don’t expect too much wisdom here as I reflect on my year of the Covid (sometimes we add “the” to Covid here in East Tennessee).
Time moved so slowly during 2020, yet amazingly it’s New Year’s Eve. I can’t believe the year is over. I only saw the inside of an airplane twice in 2020. I had so many things cancelled, which freed up so much time. Yet I feel like I could have spent my time better. I should be smarter, faster, stronger, but I’m not. I hope that changes in 2021.
The Covid affects us in so many ways. Personal illness, sick family members, job losses, stay at home school, isolation of our elderly, limited social interaction. Stress, stress and the list goes on. I’ve had a couple of close calls with the Covid, but I’ve avoided it. I know several people who haven’t been so lucky. Some close friends have suffered greatly. I hope that changes in 2021.
Perhaps suffering begets division. I can’t remember a time when ideas and opinions were so divisive. Whether the topic is equality, science, elections, masks, or something as simple as the truth, I’ve never seen such polarization. Sometimes we seem more interested in fighting each other than in trying to fix our problems. I hope that changes in 2021.
The year brought many surprising lessons. For me personally, cooking at home, connecting with loved ones, taking more pictures in East Tennessee, spending quiet holidays, working from home, and adapting to the Covid were all great reminders of what is important to me. As many lessons as I learned, I believe I left some on the table. There are many lessons to learn from the Covid. I hope we remember that in 2021.
OK, now it’s your turn. Speak up. And while you ponder what to say, please enjoy a dozen of my images from 2020 that I haven’t shared before. Happy new year!