Betty White dying on December 31, 2021, just shy of her 100th birthday, tells you all that you need to know about what this year was like.
2021 hit different. It was a cruel, cruel world in many ways, with racial reckonings, the climate crisis, and the never-ending COVID waves. Personally, I faced the death of my father and all of the changes that come with such a life-altering loss.
At the same time, many things I’ve always wanted finally came to fruition this year, such as publishing my first book, making strides along a career path that feels right, settling into a home of my own, and seeing my Mom find the comfort, sanctuary, and peace she deserves.
Here are some of the insights I’ve gained upon reflecting on my experiences this year. Maybe some of them will resonate with you too!
- Accept that your initial perceptions (of people, of situations, and of life in general) will change, because they will.
- Let go of what you cannot control and what no longer serves you.
- Lean on and lift up the people who choose to stand side-by-side with you.
- Patience is kindness and one of the best ways to show your support for someone.
- Find freedom in forgiveness, both in forgiving others and forgiving yourself.
- Seek clarity in closure and use those learnings to better understand the world around you.
- Take more breaks and give yourself a break!
Wishing you all much happiness and good health as we move on from 2021 and carry on into 2022!
Throughout the year, I’ve been compiling a page of memories and favourites from 2021 — and now the time capsule is complete! Check it out here at Yearbook 2021.