This post is going live on Christmas Day, 2020. As I write this I’m looking back at the year we’re getting ready to leave behind.
I don’t need to tell you what kind of year it’s been, you know. We’ve all lived it together. And it’s hard to not come to today without some amount of regret.
We regret that we couldn’t be with our families.
We regret that there’s not a lot of gifts under the tree.
We regret that maybe we’re just barely making ends meet.
We regret that we might have had to take another job. Or leave a job because it was just unsafe.
Insert your regret here. We’re going to do something together today. Grab a piece of paper and a pen. Maybe grab a cup of tea, too.
Now, write down everything you wish you’d have done better this year. Everything you regret doing or not doing. Every single thing, big or small.
Do you have your list? Great. Now you need a candle and a fire-safe container. Fold your paper up, and set the damned thing on fire. Let it burn, then flush the ashes.
Because we need to let that shit go.
This is the gift I’m giving myself today. I’m letting go of my regrets from 2020. It was a hard year and we got through it. Now, it’s time to leave all our baggage behind and move into 2021 free from it.
2021 can be a time to learn. We can be better as a community, as a society, as individuals. We can choose to make 2021 brighter.
Let this be the gift you give yourself. Forgive yourself for doing what you had to do to survive. Let it go, and thrive now.