2021 | A Year of Chaos and Courage
As the end of the year is upon us, people start focusing on letting go of this year and looking towards the next. They assign a special kind of importance to the New Year, (when I say ‘they’, I am largely speaking about myself), putting off big decisions and resolutions until the 1st of January. There are turning points in our lives and in some cases they coincide with a special date, but more often than not, another day, week, month or year is just exactly that: another day, week, month, year.
Turning the calendar to 2022 won’t magically end the messiness. Covid-19 won’t disappear. The restrictions won’t go away overnight. The economic and political turmoil, the social distancing, mask-wearing, and anxiety-filled days are here to stay, and we need to learn to thrive in spite of it all.
But the good news is that just because your external circumstances suck, it doesn’t mean your whole life has to. And you don’t need to wait until the 1st of January to start feeling joy. I’m talking about the kind of joy that only a South African festive season brings – sunny days filled with braais, zamalek, and Boney M music playing in the background.
The biggest problem with 2020 and 2021 — beyond the obvious effects of the pandemic — has been that they caught us off guard and threw us into a whirlpool of uncertainty. ‘Unprecedented times’ brought us a life that we weren’t prepared for. It enhanced everything, from family conflicts to mental health issues. It increased our fear and anxiety, and it deepened our depressions, taking away our usual coping mechanisms.
2022 can be different — maybe not in the way that our life goes back to how it used to be. We have already experienced 2021 with all its surprises, hardships and shocking news. We know better than to expect everything to magically return to ‘normal’ next year.
And yet somehow, we need to build a better year on the ashes of a clearly difficult one. How? Let go of the expectations and start to plan without them.
But change is not a bad thing. In fairness, it is an integral part of our lives.
Change needs courage — a lot of it. And this year took away our courage and intimidated us in a way we might never have seen before in our life. But change is not linked to what happens on the outside, change is an inside job mainly. Sometimes we need visible changes in our life to show that something happened: a change of scenery, a new flat, a new country, a new hair colour. But in a lot of cases, change is nothing but leaving one part of us behind to give ourselves space to grow and leave a shell that doesn’t fit us anymore.
Don’t expect 2022 to be the best year of your life — make it into a year where things happen as you plan them. Focus on things that you have control over and let go of all the expectations, so that life could surprise you with the success you are working for.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and for choosing us as your partner in 2021.
Kindly note, we will be closing for the holiday period on Wednesday, 15th December 2021 and we will reopen on Monday 10th January 2022.
We would like to wish you and your family a safe and peaceful festive season and a prosperous 2022.
All our love,
Perri and Taryn