Well, here we are, the last SYW post of the year. For most of 2021 I felt that life was almost normal for me. I enjoyed my one day a week in Wynyard volunteering at the Visitor Centre even though we didn’t have many visitors. If we had the money we could go out for a meal or to a market occasionally. I got used to checking in and doing the hand sanitiser thing. I got vaccinated. Everything was fine. Then the borders opened up and almost simultaneously Omicron showed up. People from other states where there was Covid came to our state. Now we have Covid in Tasmania and can’t go anywhere without a mask. Frankly I preferred lockdown.
2022 Is bearing down on the world. In my opinion 2021 was 100% better than 2020, but it hasn’t been without its own set of problems and fresh worries. I’m hopeful that 2022 will somehow see a return to ‘life before Covid’, but I also realize that’s a foolish hope.
At 12 a.m. on December 31st/Jan 1st, what will you be doing? (use your own time zone please)
We always sit up even though we don’t party it doesn’t seem right not to see the old year out. We’ll probably be listening to music. I may go out on the balcony and look at the stars. Last year some locals had fireworks display that we could see from our house.
Is there a tradition you have for New Year’s Eve?
Not really, just staying up till after midnight.
Do you have any hope or reason you find that next year will be better?
I’m usually an optimist but honestly no I don’t have any reason to think next year will be better for the world. It may be a bit less financially stressful for us personally. I’m not optimistic about life returning to normal any time soon. I hope it does but I don’t have much to base that hope on as even though I try to avoid most news programs what I do hear is uniformly bad.
What’s the biggest personal lesson you learned during 2021?
How much I value my independence. I miss the times when I could decide to go out and just go.
Describe in 1-3 words how you feel going into 2022