Going into 2021 feels so strange. You know all those 2020/2021 memes that went around…I’m not starting 2021 until I see a trailer, nobody make any plans for 2021 – just walk in without touching anything and I’ve had the 7-day trial period of 2021 now, I’m ready to hand in my subscription…??? Well, my brain has clearly been in that sort of mode (of maybe I just read too many memes) because it just feels like it’s in limbo.
I have spent the last few days thinking about my word for 2021. I started with a word for the year about 2/3years ago and I really like the idea. Last year, I even had a Bible verse to support my word. But I just cannot for the life of me come up with something that I think will fit me or where I am in my life right now. I guess I’m probably not the only one right? Other than my life feeling a bit topsy turvy right now, the world kind of feels like that. Most of us wanted 2020 to end because, amongst other things that happened during the year, COVID was just insane and then BOOM, 2021 starts in SA with another strain, so many more cases and deaths than in the previous months, and I think that just about everybody I know has lost someone – either family or close friends – to the virus. If they haven’t lost anybody, they at least know one or plenty more people who have had or currently have it.
On New Years Eve, after the kids had seen in the new year with us, the hubster and I sat on the verandah reflecting on the year and I once again said – probably for the hundredth time – how bloody bizarre the year was. I mean, who would have ever imagined that something like this would happen. Nobody alive today has been through anything remotely similar to this! 2020, the year of plenty…plenty of weird and horrible things happened to many people. For us, we lost my brother-in-law which was a devastating blow to the family. But then, the weekend before Christmas, we also lost my father-in-law. In spite of these two deaths – and I am not by any means trying to minimise them as we are still reeling from them months and weeks after – when we sat back and took stock of the year, we both agreed that we had really been blessed. God remained a constant focus in my life and through prayer, reflection, and even a women’s Christian course that my mother ran online for my sisters and I, I really cannot complain. We all had really good health, the kids managed to pass the school year and adapt to the absolutely insane world of homeschooling and online classes with mum being the teacher (I’m not sure who suffered more with this to be honest!!), both the hubster and I kept our jobs as well as our salaries, we were able to stay connected to the broader family via online apps and social media and we really got to spend quality time together in our own home. As my sister said a few days ago, 2020 was really one year that we got the most out of mortgages, haha. We also managed to travel down to Durban to spend Christmas with my folks and my sisters. We spent a week in Durban where we even got to the beach twice! We exchanged gifts as we usually do and started Christmas Day off with mass together (the kids and I haven’t been in a church building since March 2020, so this was very special for me) and had lunch as a family at my parents’ home. We spent the next week of our leave at home in our own house. It gave us a chance to rest and unwind fully. I read, watched series, did arts and crafts with the kids, braai’d and we continued to spend time together of a family, cognisant of the many families who have not had this opportunity for a long time.
As the 2021 year kicks off, I want to remind you to be kind to yourselves. That COVID fatigue we all complained about a few months back?…well, I don’t know about you, but I think my brain is still experiencing it! And unfortunately, I think it will continue for months to come. Every conversation I have ends up going that way. Even if we start with a normal “hi, how was your new year”, it keeps coming back to COVID. You see, even this blogpost is going there!! I stopped following SA’s COVID numbers ages ago as I just felt that it added to my mental stress. I am plodding along cautiously in the hope that school is going to start this month as expected. I know we’ve done this before, not very long ago, but guys – homeschooling – with a grade 1 and 4 this year…I don’t know hey, really. I’m not sure if I can cope with it. But we are all in the same boat. One of favourite sayings applies here: it is what it is.
At any rate, I wish all of you and your families the very best for 2021! May it be a year of good health, peace and love. May you be blessed beyond your wildest dreams and may all your wishes come true even in these uncertain times.
The year would not be the same without adding in a very special birthday wish for my little (not so little) sister Lauren. Once we hit the 8th of January, my year is officially underway. Once we get to celebrate you! Today, Lauren, I wish for you all of your hearts desires. I know that 2021 is going to be the best year for you yet. Thank you for being the special person that you are in my life. I appreciate you and I love you tremendously xxx