15 Jan – Good Riddance 2020!” Wait, is that what we really mean?

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15 January 2021

Good Riddance 2020!” Wait, is that what we really mean?

Something that happened in 2020 was that we came face to face with our real selves.

Of course we want to see the back of the bleakness and disappointment that we all felt in 2020, the endless lockdowns, the changing guidelines and yoyo restrictions; that was hard to take. But at the same time so many people seemed to gain new perspectives and learnt so much about themselves so are we really ready to say good riddance to all that as well? Something that happened in 2020 was that we came face to face with our real selves. At first it seemed that all our ‘stuff’ came to the surface, all the bad habits and things we didn’t like to deal with but then it became apparent that actually, it was our whole and full self we came to meet in all it’s frightening glory. Coming face to face with the parts of ourselves that we have haven’t been able to see for years can be intimidating. We distract and ignore our consciousness from those parts of our being but the emptiness of 2020 revealed those parts and we couldn’t help but see them. So is saying good riddance to 2020 going to change anything? Maybe not…  All the stuff we had to face in our own personalities and relationships is still there. Along with all the good and challenging choices we made to help 2020 become more bearable. Let’s not say good riddance to what we learnt and how we learnt. 2021 is going to require the same resilience, positive habits and new understanding so let’s bring that all with us! It has made us more healthy people who learnt to be kinder to others – let’s be kinder to ourselves and braver to face the parts of us we discovered in the emptiness last year. Imagine what we would like then?

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