Welcome to the new year 2021! It’s been a long week over here in our house, so I don’t have a long post prepared this week. And I’m sure we’ve all heard plenty about saying goodbye to 2020 and hello to a wonderful 2021.
This past year has obviously been difficult for everyone in different ways, and I truly hope that this next year will be better for everyone. There are a couple of vaccines now available, and I, along with all of you, look forward to the day that those vaccines allow us to spend time with loved ones safely. Until then, let’s continue to look out for each other by wearing masks and limiting our risky activity.
It feels like America is at an important point in our history. It feels silly to even have to say this, but we need to reject fascism and authoritarianism. We need to recognize that there are systemic issues in this country that cause divides across class and race. The most patriotic thing we can do is to not hide from them, but work to fix them. So be engaged.
Be engaged in your community and local politics, where the most difference can be made. Reject conspiracy theories and think critically. Vote out politicians who care more about keeping their party in power and protecting the status quo than they care about democracy. And remember that when things seem bleak, we’ve come through so much worse as a country and a people. We can do so again if we care about our fellow humans as much or more than we care about ourselves.
Nothing magical happened at midnight on January 1, 2021. That doesn’t mean we can’t all have a hopeful outlook on the upcoming year. I’ll leave you with Allyson’s motto for 2021, ” you could do that, but should you?”