Well, 20/20 vision is supposed to be perfect but I doubt many saw this year’s events coming. And as to those who said “Go on, 2020, surprise me”, all I can say is “don’t you dare do that again”!
At least we can say as the year comes to an end that despite continuing covid uncertainty, economic upheaval, migratory tragedies, extremism, and political mayhem, something will actually have a definitive conclusion this year. The Brexit Transition Period will end as 2020 passes and so the UK will enter 2021 as a fully-fledged third-country nation. Many will hope that this century’s 20s will finally roar then, but others will wonder how it ever came to pass that Pandora’s box was opened letting all the evils of the world fly out. Apart from hope.
My hope, therefore, is that the world will become less tribal and more tranquil, less fact-averse and more rational, and if it can’t, as seems all too likely, we can at least focus on the little things that matter to us personally, things that bring some joy into our lives while the rest of the world turns to ashes. For me, this year, one of these “little things” was obviously being awarded the MBE, but another was seeing the blue tits in our garden learn to knock the window when the feeder’s short of seeds! Joys come in many forms, and I hope that you’ve had your fair share this year too. And with today being the winter solstice, the year turns back towards the light again, none too soon in some senses!
This Christmas, as Canarian epidemiologist Amós García Rojas said only the other day, “se trata de trabajar para que en las del 2021 no nos falte nadie de los que tenemos en el 2020” … “it’s a case of ensuring that next Christmas we won’t be missing anyone who’s with us for this one”. For us it will be no different because we will be spending it at home as usual, focusing on the things and especially the people that have meaning for us. Our tendency is to celebrate it quietly, without overconsumption but with a very few close friends, and so we will be safe and among love and contentment, and quite a bit of cava … just what I wish for you all!
Thank you all for your support, good wishes and congratulations over the past year. I’m really gratified that this site is so enjoyed, especially by the regular readers who make it feel like a community of, in the main, like-minded souls with similar core values. I hope that 2021 will turn out to be a happy, healthy, and peaceful year for us all, and as Dickens’ Tiny Tim nearly said, may the deity of your choice bless us, every one. This is one of my favourite Christmas songs … even in the worst situations there’s always the prospect of better times, and of hope.
Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!