Accounting for 2020

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Happy Monday, Friends. Welcome to the First Monday of 2021. I felt like we all needed to hear that. We’re now 2021. If you hear this, that means you made it. Maybe we all need an award for making it through 2020, yeah? The Bluejacket Creative Award for Chronological Perseverance. It’s all yours, kids.(Note to self, actually make an award for this, maybe?)

Of course, there’s quite a ways to go before we can look at the nightmare that was 2020 and put it behind us because the things made 2020 the toxic hell stew it was are very much still with us. For the next couple of weeks, we still have…you know…that guy, we still have a pandemic on our hands, a lot of us still are unemployed or underemployed, and so on. We’re still under a weird next normal that has us staying away from people we love, working from home, and trying to keep to the minimum contact with people outside our bubble.

That said, I’d like to ask you a question that I’d like you to ask yourself? How did you account for your time in 2020? Did you take that time to do something for or about yourself? I started writing again, I started podcasting again, my wife and I continued to find places where we could play with cameras, I reached out to some fine folks in my community and brought their stories to you. While I lost my job in 2020, I reaffirm that having good relationships and maintaining bridges is worth its weight in gold. I was rehired by the company that let me go, and while I am not in the position I left, I have every intention of earning my seat back because I know what I’m capable of, and so does my employer.

So that leaves 2021. What’s the plan? Well, I don’t know. Usually, as the year closes, I take stock of what I did in the previous year and figure out my goals for the coming one. I didn’t do that this year because I have no way of knowing if I’ll be able actually to meet any of them. So I don’t know where I’m going this year. While I find myself restless about it and have questions and want to start throwing things up against the fridge to see what sticks, I’m also coming around to the idea that maybe what I should be doing is quietly preparing, and waiting for a door to open. That doesn’t mean sit around and do nothing; it means preparing. It means keeping the skills up. It means maintaining your connections. It means staying active and creative. It means reading and learning and engaging productively with people. It means not consuming the empty calories of our culture and instead focusing on the things that bring you some value and the things you do that bring value to others. It means trying to improve your life and the life of the people around you. Finally, it means waiting for the thing that knocks on your door and remembering that whatever opportunity knocks on the door, a person that’s ready to work is what will be answering that door.

Ask yourself how you accounted for 2020 and what you will do to account for 2021. Please write it down.

Please share it with me on social media with the hashtag #bluecreate2021. There may be a surprise in store for people who share. I’m working on that right now.

Autism Dad, Multimedia Producer, Podcaster.

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