Reflections and Projections

Actually, the title is probably somewhat clickbait. I’m not feeling too reflective, and I’m certainly not feeling confident enough to project much for 2021. But it does seem like the kind of title one should title one’s blog post on the last day of the year.

This is mainly to wish everyone the best in 2021. By “the best,” I’m afraid I do mean that in a relative sense, not a superlative sense. By “the best,” I mean “the best we can do in 2021.” I’ve decided not to wish friends, “Happy New Year” this year and just go with “Better New Year.” Or how about “meaningful New Year”?

I have to admit I’m not greeting the new year overly optimistically–which some will scold me for; optimism having come to be viewed as some kind of cardinal virtue however misguided–but hear me out. Unlike popular opinion, for me 2020 was not the worst year of my life, and I even had a run of a few good months in a row in it (which has been a record for my past decade). But I’ve had too many years in this decade of celebrating the closing of one year with a sigh of relief, saying to myself, “Next year, things will turn around.” Now, I’m waving good-bye to 2020 with a shrug of resignation. I don’t know what 2021 holds. So I’ll celebrate any good turnarounds I get when I get them this year and stop thinking of an entire year as an indivisible unit. Good things will happen. Bad things will happen. Weird things will happen. Normal, boring things will happen.

The one projection I am willing to make for myself for 2021 is that it will be a year of big change for me. I’m willing to go out on a limb on this one because big change has been the one constant for me, probably for every year of my life, but certainly for every year of my past decade. So there’s the one thing I’m willing to predict. I predict big change. It will be good change, it will be bad change, it will be weird change, it will be small change, it will be big change.

And mostly, besides wishing everyone a better new year or a meaningful new year, I wanted to post a quick update about any recent changes in my life, just so you’re up to speed. One recent change (good change) has been a new home care job. Just around the time my church cleaning job ran out, the grandpa-sitting job expanded. I now grandpa-sit one day per week and come three more days in the week to help his wife out in other ways. It’s been a lovely opportunity, not just for the increased income but because I’m really enjoying getting to know the couple better and feeling happy to be of help in someone’s need.

I’m still in the little garage suite for another month and then planning to get back into my camper in February. Could be dicey, but November was quite doable in the camper, so I’m hoping for the same in February. There’s no way to know for sure what February’s weather will do, but I’m expecting it to be about the same as November’s.

So, that’s it for me. As any of those expected big changes of 2021 crop up (or even the small ones), I’m sure I’ll keep you posted. A meaningful 2021 to you all.