This year honestly feels like a blur.
We collectively came into 2021 feeling hopeful.
Vaccines were on the horizon and there was a sense of promise sifting through the murky air that life would soon be getting back to normal again, very soon. We could almost taste it and boy did it taste ever so sweet and savory.
But boy were we all so sorely mistaken.
By late Spring though we slowly began taking a few baby steps towards normalcy again as more and more people did the right thing and got their vaccines and many of us even tried dipping a toe or two in the water too.
We felt like we had a bit of a safety net below us now. We saw it as an opportunity and gave us that feeling of hope we were so longing for…right up until mid Fall that is. We did however short lived as it was, get a sneak peek into what “normal” could one day look like (which I still have faith it will again) and it felt both soothing and necessary but as the year quickly comes to a close many of us are now left feeling like we have re-entered the Twighlight Zone of March 2020.
I’ve, interestingly enough, with all of my overwhelming lists of anxieties and fears that I live with on a daily basis have managed for the most part not to allow Covid-19 to add to it. I believe in science, I have been triple vaccinated, I’ve followed all the necessary and life-saving protocols since day one and although Covid-19 did bust down our front door a few weeks ago I was still able to see first hand the effectiveness and necessity of vaccines and protocols.
It’s no secret that I’ve been living in survival mode for almost 8 years and I think it’s safe to say that many more of us have been living in a similar place for the better part of two years now; and with pretty damn good reason.
But I can’t keep trying to survive or merely exist year after year. It’s clearly not working and I’ve been close to the edge of giving up too many times to count by now and just as recent as this past week.
I need to somehow learn how to thrive and flourish, not just survive and more than anything else in the world.
For myself but not by myself.
Thriving is having both the ability and the mindset to do whatever drives you to be or to do. It’s believing that you have a purpose and being able to see beyond one’s own limitations no matter what they are or how they were determined.
I don’t set New Year’s Resolutions for myself as they are most certain to fail everytime but as I slowly become more and more attuned lately with my past and finding ways to overcome it is allowing me the room I need to set an intention to bring what I have learned with me into 2022 in order to help me thrive.
I plan to start by taking the words of the late, great Maya Angelou with me wherever I go.
In her own words: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
What are some things that help you thrive?
I just want to also take this opportunity today to say a special thank you to all of you for continuing to follow my journey and for walking beside me throughout what has been my toughest year yet. (Feel free to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or my Blog: youareenough712.wordpress.com
You truly inspire me by your kindness, your meaningful words and your continued encouragement.
Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, safe and thriving New Year.
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