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Happy New Year

It’s the last day of 2020. Every year, we sit here and wonder how time managed to slip by so quickly. And after we wonder this, we begin to question whether we have done enough. Did we work hard enough? Did we accomplish everything from our 2020 resolutions list? Did we learn something new? Start a new hobby? Adopt some new habits? Did we become better people this year?

We all had big plans for 2020, it seems. We wanted to travel, spend time with loved ones, go to concerts and festivals and so much more. No one expected the year to take the turn it did. Instead of going on those trips and spending time at concerts, we had to stay home and adapt to this new way of living. It was harder for some than it was for others. I will admit that I am a homebody and the thought of staying home for an extended period of time does not intimidate me. But even I, the most introverted person within my family, had a hard time after months of not being able to do the things I wanted to do. It was challenging. This year was one of the most difficult.

I am so sad there were so many people who lost loved ones due to the pandemic. And I am heartbroken for the people who were all alone and had no one to turn to during their quarantine. The mental health of so many has suffered because of these difficulties. You guys, whatever your struggle was this year, I am so sorry. I am so sorry for your loss, if you have had to say goodbye to someone you love. I am so sorry that you have suffered due to the mental health struggle you have faced. I am so sorry that you had to be even more careful than the rest of us because you are more at risk. Truly, my heart goes out to all of you for whatever giant you have faced this year.

But we made it to the end, right?

Whatever it was that you had to overcome, you did it. And if you are in the middle of a struggle right now, you will make it through. I believe in you. I know you will find the strength to win this battle and move forward.

I joked around that I was going to recycle my 2020 New Year’s resolutions for 2021 because I didn’t get to use them. However, I decided to make some new ones after all.

I want to be content within my current situation. I want to learn about the world and the people around me. I want to be more forgiving towards myself for not being a perfect person. I am human, I make mistakes, and that’s okay. I want to learn more Korean so I can go into the market and understand what the kind people are saying to me and I want to know enough to offer a polite response in return. I could probably keep going because there are so many things I want to do and there’s so much I want to learn.

Overall, my goal for 2021 is simple. I just want to do my best. I want to be easy on myself when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Setting goals and making plans is great! But let’s be kind and flexible, even with ourselves.

I hope 2021 brings you peace and health. I pray that you and your loved ones are well. I am sending you some love, and positive vibes, I hope you can open your heart to receive them.

“The morning will come again. No darkness, no season is eternal.”

Happy New Year from South Korea.


If you know where this quote is from, I love you.

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