Well, here we are – 2021.  As I reflect on this past year and look to the new one, I can’t help but also think about important lessons the year 2020 came with.  

I am ever more mindful of the gratitude I have for my own health and that of my family. I definitely learned I can be just as happy appreciating a simpler lifestyle than I realized.  I love to travel, but opted for a simpler road trip instead and discovered some wonderful places in Colorado that I’ll be going back to.  I understand that I don’t need as much as I thought I did, and that it really is just fine.

I’m a big movie buff so I’ve had more opportunity to catch up with some I’d missed as well as some new ones.  Even though I’ve had to let my gym workout go for the time being, I’ve still stayed on track with almost daily exercise of one kind or another.  

I got more sleep since I wasn’t out the door early most days so I feel more rested.  Zooming did get a bit tiresome at times but I’ve been able to reconnect with friends in this country and abroad, and made new connections that I didn’t have before.  

Even though my close relationships have always been important to me, they became even more precious during these times of more separation.  I spent more time with my husband, my son and our dogs, and these have been some of the best times.

I don’t know that I started this blog out thinking it would be a sort of gratitude list for 2020, but maybe it is.  I know I am fortunate in that we all have remained healthy, employed and safe during this time and that has not been the case for many, many people.  I thankfully haven’t lost a loved one to this pandemic as so many have.  I also realize a different date on the calendar is not going to make all the challenges we faced over the last year magically go away.  

I do think, though, I have experienced a different way of appreciating life.  I’ve recognized how quickly and drastically life can change, but I’ve also learned that I – we – can adapt. Maybe I’ve become a bit more resilient. More flexible. Stronger. I’m honestly not entirely sure yet, and who knows what 2021 will bring.

I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions typically, but my husband came up with one – He is resolving to live each day to the fullest.  I think I’ll go with that.

How about you?  As you reflect on this last year and the challenges it brought, what have you learned about yourself, your life?  Have you experienced any gifts or opportunities during this time?  Write a comment below or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Evergreen-Life-and-Wellness.

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