Hello, 2021! What Will You Bring?
A new year! 2021! What will it bring and what will we do with it?
A look at 2020
2020 did not go out with a whimper.
It seemed to go out with an ominous roar.
2020 left us in the middle of a Pandemic that has infected 83.6 Million people and killed over 1.82 Million, leaving us in fear of what it will do next as it began to mutate. People are sick and tired of being sequestered. We are, by and large, social beings—huggers. Being alone and lonely is not something we adjust to easily. Others are devastated at losing their business or their job. So many are mourning the loss of parents, grandparents, children, or best friends. It is not regional it is worldwide.
2020 also left us with widespread political unrest: There are conflicts in Ethiopia, Uganda, Hong Kong, Belarus, and Indonesia to name a few. There are many more. The United States had a tortuous election that still has not been settled. The change in leadership is disputed by both sides and the elected officials seem to have forgotten the people they represent. The political scene combined with racial tensions have some talking about revolution. (Question: Can you have a revolution with masks and social distancing? Just asking.) There are global protests because of inequality—income inequality, racial inequality, gender inequality, etc.) They also protest the rampant corruption in government and lack of freedom. People everywhere are risking their lives to speak out, to make their voices heard.
And 2020 made evidence of global warming even more apparent. The oceans are becoming warmer and sea life and coral are being damaged. Glaciers are melting and wildlife that depends on ice are in trouble. Fires are burning up large sections of earth. Watch the videos of David Attenborough on Netflix if you want to see details of what’s happening to the oceans, rainforests, and wildlife. Before you protest that there is no such thing, take a look.
This is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. 2020 was a tough year and we won’t drag out any more negative events.
So what do we need to do to make 2021 better?
Please notice that I said what do WE need to DO? That implies action on the part of each of us citizens of planet Earth. Yes. You. Me. My neighbors and your neighbors.
Wear your masks anytime you go out.
Observe social distancing.
Wash your hands the correct way:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Get tested if you have any doubts about your own health.
Get your vaccine as soon as it is available.
YOU are responsible for keeping it to yourself if you should get it. \
Take good care of yourself to boost your immune system. Eat right, get enough sleep, get some exercise in the fresh air and sunshine.
Get Involved with the political process
If you can, in your country, get involved. Never miss an opportunity to vote if you are allowed to do so.
If you live in a country like the U.S. get involved at a precinct level. Have a say in what happens in your political party. Know who wants to become a candidate and what their political views are. Have a voice in whether or not they become a candidate or get elected. It is at the precinct and district level that candidates are chosen. Edmund Burke nailed it when he said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The corruption in the nation’s capital is a result of good men doing nothing. It is time to get involved and “throw the rascals out.”
If you want to know how to do this, my son (yes, my son) has a book out called The Guide to Winning Elections.” It will give you the nitty gritty that you need to know. (I may have had a hand in it, too).
It is NOT TRUE that you have no voice. Your voice and your vote counts. Gather your friends around you and make a difference.
Care for the planet
Start with the basics:
- Turn it off. Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. …
- Invest in eco–friendly technology. …
- Switch to renewables. …
- Eat less meat. …
- Don’t waste food. …
- Compost. …
- Recycle everything. …
- Try to cut out plastic.
So what else can make 2021 better?
Well, this is strictly my opinion but . . .
- Get to know yourself better. Take some time to think about who you are, what you want and where you are going. This is never wasted effort.
- Learn to meditate if you don’t already do it.
- Start to “Pay it forward.” Find something nice to do for someone every day if possible. It doesn’t have to be big. Just a random act of kindness.
- Get a pet. If you don’t have you and it’s at all possible, getting a pet will bring great joy to your life. My personal favorite is a dog, but you decide what you like.
- Throw you soda or beer cans and food wrappers in the trash and not on the ground.
- Learn compassion. In these times we need all the compassion we can get and give.
- Find someone worse off than you and give them a hand.
- Find things that make you smile and smile as much as you can. It is very healing for you and those around you.
- Have fun. Look for ways to enjoy life and help others enjoy life with you.
- Work on keeping your thinking positive. Negative thinking and expressing it to others brings everyone down and these times are hard enough already. Know what’s going on, be informed. But don’t dwell on the negative.
I hope your 2021 turns out to be wonderful!