Wearied. Worried. Worn.
Three words most of us feel as 2020 comes to a close. Here in the States, it feels like it’s been an additional 4 years of turmoil and tragedy on top of the 4 years of chaos under the current administration.
We are weary of the deceit and evil of the current administration.
All the racial issues re-ignited.
All of the lies told.
All of the double dealing and hate.
The internal destruction of our society brought upon us by an individual and a party who care only for power. That will come to an end in a couple of weeks.
We are worried about a virus that has killed over 350,000 of our friends, family members, and neighbours. A virus that is even mutating into one that may spread faster. Finally, we have a vaccine, yet will it get to enough people in time? We hope. So far, it’s been successfully given to a few. Unfortunately, there are many who refuse to be vaccinated due to ignorance and possibly arrogance. Hopefully, most people will choose the path of science and wisdom and get vaccinated as soon as they are able.
We, as a whole, are worn.
We are tired of precautions.
We are tired of wearing masks and social distancing.
We are tired of people who refuse to wear a mask or social distance.
We are tired of people who deny science, especially at the cost of other people’s lives.
We are tired of not being able to be with those we love.
We are tired of the racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and hate.
We are tired of politicians who serve their donors and corporations instead of us.
We are tired of not having access to affordable quality healthcare for everyone.
We are tired of our educational system being inadequate and poorly funded.
We are tired of many other things.
Yet, we cannot give up.
We cannot lose hope.
We cannot let the powers and individuals who continue to try to divide us, degrade us, place us into boxes, or defile us ever be able to win.
We must band and bond together in ways we are capable of as humankind yet have failed to do as a whole.
We need to see colour, but only as pigmentation like the colours of a rainbow.
We need to accept religious beliefs as equal in value for we are all on our own journey through life and our beliefs or lack thereof are our guide.
We need to see women and men as equals and even gender as fluid.
We need a newfound respect for education and science.
We need to see love between two people regardless of whether they share the same birth gender.
We need to see our diversity as strength and not weakness.
We are embarking on a new year. Another 365 1/4 days around our sun. It’s time for a new Age of Enlightenment, a new Renaissance. It’s time to look outside our comfort zones, outside our communities, and outside our countries to see the value of all humankind.
A new year with new choices and a new hope.