Today, while I think back on 2020, I can't help but have a heavy heart. I have to frequently remind myself, that I am still here..... and only inconvenienced, not devastated, destroyed or gone from this planet as so many other are.
I was excited for 2020 with the thought of travelling during an early retirement opportunity - then suddenly a global pandemic, mass deaths, social injustice, blatant racisms, climate crisis, wildfires, my own fire loss and a THOROUGHLY divided nation.... So many challenges brought to light in 2020. Some for the necessary good, as we can now work to repair, and others not so much.
Yet, we need to look past this dark cloud and find light!! Find new meaning, new hope and purpose.... and NO, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it is not all going away in January 2021. We still have a long haul! So buckle yourself tight, hang on for the ride and hope for calmer tides!
For now, just pause and reflect on what you do have and what you can be hopeful for.... cling ever-so tightly to that! I thought hard....and it didn't take long for me to realize how lucky I am:
To a new dawn, a new day, a new year!
Let's make each day our best effort on Earth and may we ride calmer tides in 2021!
Pamela Treischel is a SCUBA diving enthusiast, underwater photography hobbyist and Ambassador for the Inland Ocean Coalition. She is currently recovering from a mild traumatic brain injury.