It is early, on the last day of the year. In mere hours, the sun will be setting on 2021 forever, amidst celebration and resolutions made for many, to see us through the next 365 days.
It has been… well, it has been a year. A year that many will be happy to move forward of and start a fresh in a world run by the concept of time. It is a chance to begin anew. Many will set new intentions tonight that will involve personal goals of health and fitness and a myriad of changes meant for the betterment of self and society. Of course, many of these resolutions will die early in the first days or weeks of the new year, but some will carry forward. I personally resolve not to start a new fad diet that I know will not last into the first few hours of tomorrow, but I will strive to realign myself with a lifestyle that was healthier during a better and happier time of my life.
2021 has been a strange year : it has been a year that has seen mankind both brought together, but also divided. It has been a year of natural disasters that struck the very core of us, but also a year of coming together to rebuild. It has been a year of cruelty but it has also been a year that has seen its share of kindness.
For me, it was a year that brought a height of joy when my family visited us in Aug: seeing the excitement in their eyes: especially through the eyes of my young grandsons as we explored the beauty and majesty of Vancouver Island was the highlight of my year. But sadly, in mere hours of that visit, our joy was overshadowed and crushed by tragedy and despair that rocked the very core of my family’s beautiful solidity and strength with the gripping loss of our beloved son, brother and uncle, Sam. I don’t remember much of 2021 before that week anymore, as my life became a timekeeping of life before and after Sam Aug 19th.
As we prepare to step through the doorway into 2022, I want to wish for all of you: love and kindness: I want to wish you all strength and resolve: and I want to wish you all resilient happiness that sees you through the challenges of this new year.
Although I have no choice since we have this concept of time to step through the door into 2022, my heart will remain forever in 2021 with my beautiful son as I can’t bear to leave him behind.
Welcome 2022. Please be a year of love and light for all. And above all: be kind to one another.