Happy New Year, friends. I hope you all arrived safely in 2022. And no, it’s not “2020 too”, damnit, and no repeat of 2021 either, although I do understand the sentiment that just because the clock struck midnight and we switched to a new even-numbered year, nothing has really changed. Yet. We’re still in a pandemic, maybe even more so than ever.
And on the last day of 2021, we lost Betty White. I know, f***ing 2021, right? I am heartbroken too. But honestly, I am glad we’re not starting the new year with such depressing news (and I would personally like to thank Betty to have the foresight!), but then again, a couple of things have happened already that made the beginning of this year less than stellar and here we are, only 3 days in.
For example, yesterday on my first WFH day of 2022, I found out that due to heavy rain over the holiday break, there was a roof leak at my office that affected my cubicle and computer systems, which explains why I wasn’t able to connect to my system remotely. (It’s all fixed now.)
And then, I heard from a friend that a ‘stray’ bullet fell through the roof of her house on New Year’s Eve. A stray bullet! Luckily, nobody got hurt, but it should tell you something that the bullet went through the roof (causing damage) and landed in her kids’ playroom! I am outraged and appalled. ( What’s wrong with people?? Why do people shoot live bullets into the air for New Year’s? For the love of all things good, don’t ever do that).
How about we slow it with the bad news, okay?
As always, I tried to start the new year on the “right foot”, literally, by getting my first few running miles of 2022 under my belt. It’s usually a pretty solid start into the new year for me and gets me in the right headspace, especially when I wake up, it’s a balmy 48F/9C outside, and the sun is shining and inviting me to get outside. I don’t know about you, but I always, without fail, feel better after 30 minutes of exercise and fresh air. Try it sometime.
Now, let’s all take a collective deep breath, shall we? Ok, good. I am not going into all the things that worry me about this new year today. There’s plenty time for 2022 to shape up to be what we want it to be. I choose to focus on a positive attitude and the things that I can control. I invite you to do the same. If we’re all starting this new way in smart and reasonable ways, maybe – just maybe – things will slowly turn around. As we all know, hope is the last thing to die.