Hey there book lovers!
I hope everyone had a safe and happy holidays (whatever you celebrate) and that you all remain safe and happy as we move towards the New Year. I do have a blog post scheduled to post in a couple days that just wraps up this year, but I also wanted to just hop on and write a semi-rambling post about some things on my mind. I haven’t really been on here much in the last little bit, mostly just due to holiday chaos that really pulled my attention elsewhere.
This has been an interesting year. It’s been more than interesting, to be honest, but for the sake of keeping things somewhat simple let’s just stick with interesting for now. So many things have happened, and the year has unfolded in such unexpected ways, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by it all. As a socially awkward person/introvert, I struggled a lot less than some people in some ways simply because the loss of constant human interaction didn’t bother me as much as it bothered many others. This didn’t mean I was exempt from feeling the weight of 2020 like almost everyone else.
2020 was a terrible time for me for reading, which surprised me because I had all the time in the world to read! I thought I’d be reading so much! Except it didn’t work out that way. I had less time than I thought I would due to all the things I took on (more on that below) and more than that, my head just wasn’t quite in the place it needed to be to properly get lost in a story most of the time. I started, and set aside, more books than I was able to finish.
For me, this was also a year of trying new things as a way of coping and keeping myself busy. Being home all the time gave me a lot of free time to try new projects, and I tried many. Some worked out, some not so much. I’ve also spent a large part of the year trying various work from home ventures. 2020 has definitely opened my eyes to the importance of having some kind of option to earn money from home so that when things like shut downs happen, you’re not so scared trying to figure out how to pay your bills. As a result, I spent a good part of 2020 dipping my toes into various business ventures, with varying degrees of success.
On a positive note, 2020 made me so aware of how lucky I actually am. I have an incredibly supportive partner who not only listens to all my crazy ideas, but encourages me constantly, and a teenage daughter who actually likes spending time with me (Crazy, I know!) and who is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. Sharing my life with the two of them has definitely been an amazing part of this chaotic year.
As a result of all of the events of 2020, I’m going into the New Year with a much clearer vision of what I want to achieve and the steps I need to take to get there. I’m sure 2021 will be full of interesting things as well, and I hope – for all of us – that some of the things we’ve learned this year will help us deal with what’s to come.
Now I want to hear from you! What has helped you cope this year? What has been the biggest surprise or what have you learned about yourself or the people around you? Did you pick up any new hobbies or develop any skills this year? I want to know all about it! Drop me a comment and let me know.
Stay safe out there, my fellow book lovers. I’m sending you all my thoughts and well wishes.