As 2021 dawns and stretches out before us,let's take a moment to reflect on what 2020 brought us. Perhaps there are some things that we learned that we can take into the new year.
We learned to not touch everything we see.
We learned new skills.
We learned that every job is essential, and that one well paid job for each person is something that keeps us all safe.
We learned which members of our family and friends group were important enough to us to include within our social bubble.
We learned that we couldn't expect to do something this year just because we did it last year.
We learned that the safety of our whole community depended on each little thing we do.
We learned that we could make plans and accept that as conditions changed, so did our plans. And that was OK.
We learned that wearing a face mask was both a fashion statement and a political statement.
We learned that our neighbours care by putting up libraries, swap tables, free masks, spoon gardens, teddy bear hunts ...
We learned that community is more important than economy and the the government can pay a living wage to the unemployed if they want to.
We learned that binge watching TV is not a long term strategy.
The teacher in me always said that a day without learning is a day wasted, so I am looking at 2021 with new skills, with more strength - if somewhat more fragile, and with a tear in my eye at the memory of what 2020 did for us.