2020 review & thoughts

Happy New Year!

As I’ve already given 2020 the finger (in a mid-year post and quite literally a number of different times this year), summing up 2020 will be short and sweet. The feature image for this post is a summary of my health-related trek this year. Missing from this image are the three neurosurgeon appointments (1 “consult”, 1 hospital check in and 1 phone call follow up) and a few GP appointments, the first one being “Gayle, WTF?”. In addition, I offer the following list of (un)forgettables—

  • My dad’s death;
  • The pandemic;
  • Losing two of my parrot family.

What I’ve learned in 2020—

  1. Vince is more stubborn than I am. Who knew?
  2. “There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.” Frank Zappa
  3. Common sense isn’t a flower that grows in everyone’s garden (sadly).
  4. Manners, courtesy and respect are still very much important.
  5. I am generally an introvert; working from home and isolating aren’t the worst things ever.
  6. I don’t ask for help most of the time when I should or could.
  7. Learning to release the built-up frustration; shout, rant, cry if I have to.
  8. Economic understanding is rare.
  9. Small things really mean a lot.
  10. My filter is basically off; I am saying things like they are.
  11. There are days when my greatest accomplishment is just keeping my mouth shut.
  12. How lucky I am to be able to work from home.
  13. Most people’s world was turned upside down by the pandemic; not so much for me. My world-changer is metastatic breast cancer.
  14. It’s okay to not be okay.
  15. I still haven’t found a good work-life balance; not helped by working from home.
  16. Nobody has it all figured out.
  17. Crying is okay.
  18. My toilet paper consumption warrants investment in TP stocks.
  19. As an avid hugger, the pandemic and isolation is actual torture.
  20. We only have the present moment; the past is a memory and the future is a wish.
  21. I wish that people would stop stop using the word “unprecedented” and the expression “a year like no other”. Really, what the heck were WW I, WW II, the Spanish flu pandemic and others? Let’s find a better way to mark 2020.
  22. Leggings and sweatpants are wardrobe essentials.
  23. I need more t-shirts or at least a bit more variety to my t-shirts; the ones I have everyone has seen a thousand times already on video calls.
  24. I swear that I’ve talked more in 6 months of online meetings and conference calls than I have ever done at work previously.
  25. Teachers, health care workers, bus drivers, front line workers, and basically all essential workers that I haven’t listed, are heroes.
  26. I don’t have a clue who the Tiger King is and, really, I could give a flying fluff.
  27. Very few people truly know what Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedom says, let alone know how to interpret what their rights actually are.
  28. In reality, many people have grey hair and just hid it until they couldn’t get to a stylist.
  29. No matter how many times I open the fridge door in a day, what’s inside doesn’t change.
  30. Working out what day of the week it is takes more brain power than solving an algebra equation; thank goodness for my smartphone.
  31. Cereal is entirely acceptable for any meal.
  32. Time is bendy. Hours are short. Days are long. Weeks fly. Months never end. [Saw this one and stole it; wish it were mine.]
  33. Sometimes “happy” needs to override necessary or practical.
  34. Video calls are the equivalent of opening treat bags, my birds MUST chortle or scream throughout the call.
  35. What “black lives matter” really means.
  36. What defund the police really means.
  37. Most people have no clue that you can edit to correct grammar, spelling and anything really in what you post in social media.
  38. All we have is now.
  39. I really hate video calls – why do people need to see that I didn’t wash my hair today? Isn’t working from home a ticket to let things go a little?
  40. People love to schedule calls/video calls at 11 a.m. and not earlier or later. Why?
  41. I am stronger than I believed.
  42. I expect we’ll be finding masks for years to come in pockets, dresser drawers and littered around our homes.

I want to end 2020 with a list of all that I am grateful for, in no particular order, and by no means complete (I will hit “publish” on this post and remember dozens of others)—

  • That I keep waking up each day
  • Vince
  • Starry nights
  • Listening to rain hit the tent/van roof/pavement
  • My parrot family
  • My brother
  • Coffee
  • Having really good friends
  • Coworkers who make going to work easy and the day more fun
  • Hot showers
  • Always learning something new
  • Rainbows
  • Handwritten letters
  • Comfy clothing
  • Reading a good book
  • Belly laughs
  • Hugs
  • Sleeping in
  • Campfires
  • Music
  • Autumn leaves
  • The first snowfall
  • Afternoon naps
  • Sunsets
  • Flowers
  • Mountains
  • Solitude
  • The kindness of strangers
  • Birds
  • The sound of the ocean
  • Wildlife
  • Whimsy

Sending kind and healing thoughts your way, and gratitude for a new day.

Live. Laugh. Thrive.❣

5 thoughts on “2020 review & thoughts

  1. Thank you Gayle for your lists! Your learning list really resonates with me! Happy New Year my friend! Lately I have been wondering if I am slowly losing my social skills as I am at home so much!

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