Goodbye and Good Riddance 2020

At midnight tonight, this horrific year will end. The bad stuff will most likely continue, but at least 2020 will be over.

2020 has been a rotten year. There is no getting away from that.

It has been a year filled with death, dread and destruction. It seems that the news just got worse each day.

My personal life was a rollercoaster this year. From the highs of getting a wonderful new job, losing weight and making new friends to the lows of losing friends, drama and my mental health tanking. I ended up regaining all the weight I lost and then some. Bit of an insult to injury.

I had a Covid scare myself when my smell and taste went off. I was tested yesterday and got the negative result today. So don’t worry, I’m alright. I thought it was better to get tested to make sure.

I will be honest, I can’t help but fear that 2021 will be worse somehow. Or at least things will start to get better but only after worse things happen. I don’t know if I can handle that.

I mean, I have to handle it or at least get through it. We don’t have a choice in that matter. I’m fortunate in my situation that I live with family and even while my work is closed again, I am still getting my full pay.

Here in Scotland, the number of new cases is going up again. That and the new strain. Starting from Boxing Day, we were put back into lockdown. My coworkers and I were off for two weeks for Christmas Break, so for us, it’s just one extra week out of the office and doing online training.

If this was any other year, I would be talking about the good times and the hopes for the new year. However, I can’t bring myself to look forward. There is just so much uncertainty with the world, especially with Brexit coming into effect tomorrow.

Look, I know this is going to sound a bit lame, especially after the rant you just read. But with a new year is a new chance.

We can’t change what went pear-shaped in 2020, that is set in stone. What we can do is take the lessons that we have learned and use them to try to make 2021 a better year.

We should at least try, it’s the best we can do.

Things are going to be rough for a while yet. There is no denying that. However, there is some good news starting to emerge like the vaccinees. It will take a lot of time and effort, but we will get through this.

Happy New Year, dear reader. Let’s make it a decent one.

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