Me and about a million other bloggers are trying to write something pithy and witty to close out the worst and weirdest year ever.
Here’s my attempt.
2020 wasn’t fun.
- I like to eat out.
- I like to watch movies on the big screen with a sound system that blows my hair back and rattles my seat.
- I like to hug without asking, “Are you okay hugging?”
But who said life is always enjoyable?
2020 wasn’t easy.
- Some of my favorite people died.
- The political rancor reeked (more than usual).
- Money was tight. (Like me in skinny jeans tight!)
But who said life is always stress-free?
2020 wasn’t normal.
- Church and other gatherings online weren’t the same.
- I hate wearing a mask.
- I never know whether I’ll be shunned or celebrated because I'm not too fond of masks.
But who said life is always what I expect?
Nope, 2020 wasn’t what I hoped for. Not. At. All.
Sure, I learned some good things along the way (see that post here), but I still have way more questions than answers.
But maybe, just maybe, living with tensions, questions, and struggles is good for me.
Perhaps, emotional and spiritual growth happens best when I realize how very little I actually control, and all I can do is take life one day at a time.
Here’s an eye-opening thought: What if 2021 is harder and uglier and maskier? (Yes, I made the word "maskier" word up.) What if we have to wade through another year of unmet expectations? What if we start hearing from everybody, “And we thought 2020 was tough!”?
I have no idea what 2021 holds in store for us. As someone once said, "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future."
So, I suggest we decide our future response to the possibly unwanted circumstances now.
I believe the best long-term answer to all our struggles and fears isn’t found in a vaccine, or any politician, or even in your favorite pastor. 🙂
The solution is to keep our eyes on the only One who never changes and on the One who never leaves or forsakes us.
“Remember, I am with you always,
even until the end of the world
as you know it.”
Matthew 28:20 (BPV)