Why This Year May Be What We Needed


Alas, 2020 is coming to an end so let us all let out a collective sigh of relief. However, as the year has progressed and has become more tragic and uncomfortable I can’t help but wonder if we needed a year like this?

It’s been a painful year, super uncomfortable, and quite hard to watch. So many things occurred, so many lives were lost, and quite frankly the anxiety alone has been debilitating. In a year that seemed like it would never end, we persisted. We continued to be hopeful through a pandemic, an exhausting and divisive Presidential campaign, and in the end, we couldn’t even celebrate the holidays with our family. To say that 2020 has been horrid is an understatement, but maybe we needed it (before you log off let me explain).

We are living something that will only be written about in history books. Not just the pandemic. The social unrest, a very tumultuous transfer of power, a loss of a beloved basketball player, and even an action hero. Yet, the persistence that we have shown has reassured me several times. We’ve helped our neighbors by donating groceries or paying for their Starbucks order. We have rallied around our family and friends and more importantly our healthcare workers. We protested together, making us realize that what we have in common is far greater than our differences. Our gratitude has grown because we realized that within our four walls we have all that we truly need. 

Yes, the year has been challenging, but my prayer is quite simple…..hold on to everything good including family and friends. I have also learned to stop putting things off until later because later may never come or we may be forced to “postpone.” 

Know this, I am supremely proud of how we have all handled this year and I do not doubt that at midnight on December 31st we will let out a perfect and socially distanced scream because we made it to 2021. My advice, take a little 2020 with you, the memories of a challenging year will make you appreciate 2021 even more.

Cheers to a New Year!