It’s the new year. New hopes, dreams, aspirations. To be allowed a smidge of freedom maybe? Let’s prioritise our new years resolutions…
Hip Hip Hurray! 2021, eh? If you’ve made it here that’s enough to be grateful for. Let’s leave COVID back in 2020… Oh wait, WE CAN’T!
I keep hearing and seeing so many people online, preaching and almost advertising this new found freedom that we’ll have in 2021. And that this year, will be the new 2020 that we were meant to have. But why give people false hope? Why make out like 2021 will not be affected by COVID, even if it’s for the first half of the year… at the very least!
A pandemic isn’t like a little writing error that you can Tipp-ex out. Oh no.
Could this year be better in terms of the death rates? Possibly. Will this year be polar opposite to last year? No. Should we prepare for a new type of normal and freedom contrary to life we once knew to be a human right? I imagine so.
I can’t understand why countless people in society and especially on social media, are basically selling a dream. We get it, that’s what social media is all about, selling what isn’t real. Whether that’s your looks or the amount of money you have in the bank. But when it comes to a pandemic, should we just start being realistic? Is it healthy to set our minds to be let down?
I know for sure, I wouldn’t want to be holding onto this unrealistic strand of hope, hoping for everyone to be vaccinated, then we can all live our lives without masks or social distancing.
I mean the new year is always magical, but it’s not a miracle worker. No more restrictions seems amazing, but only seems worthy of being carried out in a fantasy.
Let’s just zoom out, and have a birds eye view of what’s happened just last year.
Over 1.8 million people died last year, covid related. We were on some form of lockdown or restricted for the majority of the year. New covid variants are making this deadly virus even more fatal and more transmissible. So please tell me, how 2021 is going to be nothing like 2020?
Saying goodbye to 2020 is great in theory. But is lethal in practice.
We should be optimistic. Life will get better in the future. The way to overcome this virus, isn’t by giving people false hope. I think we’ve all worked that out by now. It’s by being cautious and sensible with our actions and thoughts going forward.
We should be prepared to stay at home if we have to. Not go to parties if we have to. Not even see our loved ones if we have to. And even when restrictions are eased, within ourselves, we should be setting our own boundaries. And not just living like, “That was 2020, this is 2021. I’m not repeating last year.”
The most important thing to take from 2020, is all the lives that were viciously lost. And we could’ve easily been apart of the figures. Daily death count. Whether getting back to normal as we know it, is 5 or 50 years from now. We should be thankful that we weren’t in those devastating numbers. Each one represents one whole family, never being the same again.
We have the rest of our lives to show our gratitude. 2021 isn’t a year we deserve “freedom”. It’s a year that is gifted. Not promised. Vaccines are one of the many gifts that weren’t promised, and for many in certain countries, they won’t even have the opportunity to be vaccinated.
2021 is the year to not be selfish, but to recollect the hard reality that we mustn’t ignore.
Freedom. Who is gaining from that in 2021? You or others?
At long last, with my thoughts out there and no longer being locked away in my mind. I wish you a Happy New Year like no other. May this year be filled with health and happiness!
*me on new years eve in front of the tv*