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Everyone has been longing for the new year to arrive and more so than any other year I can remember. 2021 is certainly the year of hope. Hope that the vaccine can be rolled out as quickly as possible to enable the play button to be pressed and life to resume again. Hope that people stop dying from this horrific virus that has taken over the world. Hope that the economy starts to recover with jobs created and people returning to employment.
I’ve always been a realist and as a result, I know 2021 is going to be a challenging year. Perhaps even more challenging than 2020. When the clock ticked and 2021 commenced, there was no material change. We’re back in a full national lockdown with no real end in sight.
Naturally, people are growing tired of the restrictions, losing patience over the wait for the vaccine and generally feeling low. Entering a New Year can be a reflective period at the best of times but this year it’s particularly poignant. It’s often a time of change, whether that’s deciding to look for a new job or to start eating a bit more healthily, it’s a point in time where people generally set some goals or targets and make a plan of how to achieve them. While some of that may still be possible, the motivation to get started is where I believe the biggest downfall will be this New Year. It’s impossible to plan ahead and as a result, there isn’t much to look forward to. If there is an end date or occasion or specific event that you’re working towards, it’s much easier to get started and stay focused. Without that, it’s easy to feel apathetic.
I’m trying to avoid setting any expectations for this year. It will be what it will be and as soon as it’s possible to safely easy the restrictions, I’ll be there with bells on.
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