Wow, where to start?!
First, let's address the obvious. COVID sucks.
My heart goes out to everyone that's been affected by COVID, whether it's been due to sickness, a death in the family, loss of wages or a business, or even just feeling so cut off and removed from the world and the people we love. COVID sucks.
Of course, COVID wasn't the only negative that brought this past year down, but it was the biggie. I won't run through them all because I KNOW you're fully aware.
That said, there were a lot of positives in this last year that the news media don't always cover quite as thoroughly as they do the negatives... that IS their job, I suppose.
Personally, I did quite a few weddings in 2020 that were wonderful, beautiful, heartfelt occasion and I'm sure many other officiants did as well.
Babies were born! You have to feel a little bad for people that are going to grow up hearing that the year they were born was one of the worst for the country, the world, in recent history, etc., don't you?
As rotten as things may have been this year, if you're reading this, you're doing alright. You have internet, you have somewhere to read this, you may be in love...if you live in Texas, you live in a beautiful state (that, for the most part, ISN'T under two feet of snow and ice!), you may not have been able to see friends and family as much as you'd like, but this time last year, you likely didn't even know what "zoom" was!
Maybe you took the time to job hunt for something better, gone on line to meet people - partners or friends, taken the chance to prioritize your life, set goals and plans, organize your closets or entire home, get some gardening done, spend more time with the people that you love, or discovered that sometimes you're the person that needs a little bit of help, but at other times, you're the one that can help.
So, may I suggest that you start the year, not focused on what you missed or lost in 2020, but realizing how resilient you are, how much strength you have that you weren't even aware of and how love still finds a way, even through some dark times. Concentrate on the new babies, the new families, the new loves, new friendships and new priorities and, with patience, 2021 will be a more peaceful and centered year, no matter what comes!
At your service,