Thank you!

Tahnk you
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Tomorrow is the final day of 2020. To say it’s been an interesting year would be a gross understatement!

Many have faced challenges that were not even close to anything we could have imagined:

  • From not spending enough time with loved ones to spending too much of it while being cooped up with them in too small spaces
  • From being healthy to suddenly waking up in an ICU bed while gasping for air
  • From hugging loved ones tight to facetiming a final goodbye
  • From spending time at the office with colleagues to ‘meeting’ them only online
  • From having a job with good career perspectives to being unemployed
  • From having a good income to having to dip into dwindling savings  to make ends meet
  • From looking forward to more business success to seeing it collapse seemingly overnight
  • From living among beautiful forested mountains to seeing homes consumed by raging wildfires

And that is just a small sample of things that have happened throughout this turbulent year.

2020 hike overview
© Gerdi Verwoert 2020

But 2020 was a year of hope too …

  • Lockdowns gave us a break from our hectic lives giving us much needed rest
  • We got to spend lots of quality time with partners and kids
  • We learned that things we normally take for granted are incredibly important
  • And that things we thought incredibly important weren’t important at all
  • We learned to be grateful for the small things in life
  • Some discovered they want to live their own lives instead of someone else’s
  • We learned new skills and took up new hobbies
  • We made new connections and re-established old ones as we learned to Zoom with people from all over the world
  • We discovered we’re more resilient and creative in finding solutions to new problems than we thought
  • Nature showed us her incredible resillience as humankind came to a standstill and with it, pollution dropped significantly

Goodbye to 2020. Hello To 2021

We won’t leave Covid-19 behind just yet, but — when the pandemic has finally run its course — we will slowly move towards a new normal. One in which things that brought us hope in 2020 can continue to do so in 2021.

I thank you for your loyalty and attention this past year. I will continue to do my best to be deserving of it next year.

For now, I wish you and your loved ones all the best for the New Year. May the best days of your life so far be the worst of 2021.

As always …

Go dare greatly!

— Gerdi