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Ringing in the New Year

2021 is upon us and the question we're all asking is, "Do I have anything to look forward to this upcoming year?" Most, if not all of us are begging this next year to be better than 2020 was and we are desperately hoping for some brighter days. While this past year has been tough for everyone and miserable for most, there have been some silver linings. Before we go rushing into the new year, it might be beneficial to reflect on the good things that 2020 gave us. PsychologyToday posted an article written by Susanna Newsonen, who writes about the "10 Life Lessons from 2020," and what we learned from the year of the pandemic. The first lesson being, "we are stronger together;" everyone played a role in holding the world together this past year. Hopefully, this year taught you to appreciate what you have, like your loved ones, who you told you love them more than you ever thought you would, and the simple things that impact your life more than you ever thought. Hopefully this year has given you a different perspective on life and made you realize that you are so much stronger than you thought. If anything, this year has made us all realize, hopefully, just how important it is to take good care of ourselves. Not only does it keep you healthy, but taking care of yourself keeps you sane. On that same thread of staying sane, this year has shown us the importance of kindness, to ourselves and others. We have also been shown the value in making sustainable choices to keep our planet functioning and healthy during such a dark time. The most important takeaway is this: "this too shall pass," meaning that even though these past few months have been dreary and bleak, they will pass and we will go on, likely better than we were before. When you're looking ahead to the new year, think of all that you have faced this year and the lessons you have learned from those trials. And remember, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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