Hello! Happy New Year!
You made it, I made it, we made it to 2021. It feels like an achievement, doesn’t it? I’ve never done Tough Mudder but I reckon the way I feel for getting through last year is how participants in that feel when they’ve completed the course.
What will this year bring? I don’t know (imagine if I said I did? You would have switched off right then, I’m sure). I have hopes and I have fears. I have dearly loved family members in the UK that I feel worried about. I’m also enjoying time with my children in the summer sun. As with so much of being human, there is no one true answer.
At the moment I’m doing a lot of research into the Middle Ages (if you’re looking for Medieval resources for term one, may I suggest these?), and you can’t learn about the Middle Ages without learning about the Black Death. In a world without the 24-hour news cycle, social media, or the internet, it must have seemed like everyone was either dead or dying. Without tools we take for granted, like the microscope, it would have been impossible to understand that this devastating illness was an earthly germ, not a heavenly punishment.
And weirdly, all this gives me hope.
Human beings have an amazing capacity to endure. To endure their environment, illness, each other’s cruelty. We have made it, not unscathed but made it none-the-less to a brand new year.
May 2021 bring us all the health and peace we need.
If you’re in my neck of the woods, get out there and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re shivering through January, I hope you can crank up the fire, make yourself a hot chocolate and know that the sunshine is on the way. Stay strong. I’m thinking of you.