I am sitting here trying to come up with something uplifting and inspiring for my first big post of 2021. I got nothing. I think I am still stuck in the muck that was 2020.
I don’t want to think about it. I don’t want to think about the number of people who have died. I don’t want to think about the people that were forced to be alone. I don’t want to think about the businesses that have failed because of this pandemic. I don’t want to think about it, but I am. We have just come through one of the worst 12 months I have ever experienced. Correct that, it was the worst. But I am alive and well and my family and friends are alive and well. I will concentrate on that. I will concentrate on the positive that has come out of this negative.
Have we learned that we are not inviolate? Have we learned that we are not the Apex on this planet? A teeny tiny microbe has destroyed the World we knew and will shape the world that we will create. Something so small that the we cannot see it without technology. But perhaps it showed us what we need to do and who we really are.
We came together even though we had to stay apart. We helped each other and we wept for each other. We played instruments and sang from our balconies. Some people even just banged pots to be a part of the hope. And we do have hope. I believe that is the one thing we never lost although sometimes it seems like we did. The entire world looked for a vaccine and we are sharing what we found with each other. We are making sure that no one will be left behind. For once in the history of this planet we are not looking for gain we are looking for peace and safety for us all.
Oh don’t worry, we have not gone ‘perfect’. We still murder and cheat and steal and lie. Unfortunately, that will never change no matter how much we would like it to. But the big picture has suddenly come into focus and we are realizing that we are all in this together. The colour of your skin or the language that you speak it’s not as important as a fact that you are a member of my family, the human family. We will survive this together and we will grow together.