The 2021 Year End Review

Man, what a year 2021 has been. I would be lying if I said I’m sad to see it go.

It has been a total rollercoaster for me, some highs but mostly mediocrity or lows. On the whole, it was certainly a noticeable improvement from 2020. But in the same way that breaking your leg is better than being paralyzed from the waist down. It was not a good year by any stretch of the imagination, at least for me. I hope you had a much better time this year.

Uncertainty is the word of the year with conflicting news and murky waters ahead, 2021 felt unstable. At least with last year, we knew what to do for the most part. There were clear guidelines, restrictions and rules. However, that wasn’t really the case this year. Not to mention the omicron variant that has been spreading like wildfire here. Rumours are circulating about a possible lockdown in the new year, which isn’t exactly reassuring.

My family has welcomed some new members with the birth of two adorable babies and one more on the way. Unforutently I haven’t gotten the chance to meet them yet due to restrictions. On the other hand, there has been some bad news that we are still dealing with, it doesn’t look like this will end well. It is reassuring to know that even during this pandemic, my family still looks out for one another.

On a personal level, I have been trying to get out of the bad habits I developed thanks to lockdown. I tried to lose weight and gain confidence. Needless to say, that didn’t work. My mental health is getting a bit better, but still hardly ideal. Stress and worry are constant companions. My only achievements this year are getting better at my job and beating my reading goal. But that is better than nothing, I guess.

Funnily enough, my job has been a blessing this year. Compared to where I used to work, I am treated well by my wonderful co-workers and customers. I get to work in a friendly environment where I can share and use my passions. In fact, next month I am being moved to a different branch so one of my co-workers, Nicola, took me out for hot chocolate. Turns out she had an ulterior motive as she wanted to get me a leaving gift, she bought me three books! I am going to miss her so much when I move, but I should be able to see her around, at least I hope so.

Overall, I do feel like 2021 was a step in the right direction but we are nowhere near out of the woods yet. Hopefully, as we step into the new year, things will improve. That is all we can really do at this point anyway, hope and do whatever we can to help make the work a bit better.

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