Well, I think I can safely say that a lot of people have been glad to see the back of 2020 for all sorts of reasons, most notably Coronavirus topping the list.
We’ve had our lives put on hold, been separated from family and friends, some of us have lost our jobs, whilst others have been furloughed. I mean, who even knew what “furlough” meant at the beginning?! I’ll hold my hands up and admit that I went straight to Google for an explanation when I first heard the term!
Then, we found ourselves thrust into having to homeschool the kids. I don’t think I need to add too much onto that sentence, suffice to say that it was not easy for a lot of us out there, who suddenly had to become teachers, as well as being parents. There was no warning, no training, in some cases little support and we had to muck our way through the best that we could! Thank God for Twinkl and their free online membership, which was invaluable!
I was one of the luckier ones. I did get furloughed at the start and only having one child helped, because I didn't have to divide my attention between kids. But, I felt for those parents who had more than one child and those that had to keep working from home whilst trying to keep the kids busy and occupied.
Not forgetting, of course, those people who have ended up losing family or friends throughout all this time and it’s easy to see why a lot of people are happy that 2020 has come to an end.
Reflect on the Positives
I said it in a personal post that I put on my Facebook on New Years Eve and I reiterate it again here. Whilst we have definitely had some sucky moments in 2020, we should also reflect on the positives. Harley would say that it was great that he got to have 6 months off school! I would say he’s forgotten some of the more fraught moments of homeschooling where on occasion we both ended up in tears! He missed his friends, but thank God for Messenger Video Chat and Xbox Chat which kept him in touch with his buddies.
And what about the fact that we got to spend more time together as a family? And go on walks around our village and just see more of each other? We had great weather and thank goodness for that, because it did help that the sun was out during those first months of lockdown.
One of my biggest positives of this year has been starting Kidz Kave, something that I know would not have happened if I had not been made redundant this summer. I’ve found something that I’m really passionate about, that I have fun waking up to each day and that I am looking forward to growing over the coming months and years.
A New Start
I understand that everyone’s situation is different and we will all have had various highs and lows in 2020. But try and take a moment to look back on the year and focus on your positives, whether they are big or small and know that out of the ashes of 2020 the Phoenix of 2021 is going to rise. It’s a new start and a chance to make changes, so let’s look this year straight in the eyes, grab it by the horns and smash the hell out of 2021! You know you wanna!!