2020 has been a tough year for everyone. We’ve all faced unexpected changes and adjustments I’m sure nobody had on their vision board or list of new year’s resolutions when this year started. And yet here we are, almost at the end of it, getting ready to dive into Christmas. For me, this is one of the most important holidays of the year.
This new way of spending and celebrating the holidays will take a little while to get used to, as did the rest of the year. Several countries, Canada included, are back into an (almost) full-on lockdown. Many stores and facilities are closed. Many of us wonder what we can and cannot do. One thing is for sure: this Christmas will be different.
Making up the balance
I read an article yesterday that suggested not to do any self improvement work at the moment as Covid brings enough stress already. I see where they’re coming from, but don’t agree. If this isn’t the biggest reset for our world I don’t know what is. It’s just too bad it took a pandemic for (almost) everyone to take a break and reflect on what’s next. And to me, that’s what the holiday season is about. Celebrating the past year, while difficult, there were definitely some highlights worth mentioning as well.
When I moved to Canada over a decade years ago – while not the main reason, one of them surely was the idea that if anything “bad” every were to happen, Canada would certainly be a better place to be than Europe. There’s places to hide here – Canada has social distancing built in, which even appealed to me before social distancing became the “popular” thing to do during the covid pandemic.
Alone for Christmas?
Now something bad did happen, from a practical standpoint it indeed makes a lot of sense to be in a country were there’s less people per square kilometre than my Dutch mind could even begin to imagine. From a practical standpoint it all makes a lot of sense. Even getting groceries delivered (same day) is somewhat easier here compared to what I hear from European based friends and family.
A few weeks ago I would have returned from an extended trip home to see my overseas friends and family. I didn’t – due to Covid. Thanks to a slowly resuming flight schedule I could have ignored the negative travel advice and gone anyway. Instead, I opted to take the cautious approach and stay safe at home. I don’t regret that decision. While I “complain” about not being able to travel, I realize frontline health care workers are worried if they can even have some time off this holiday season. At the current rate, they may not be able to. Even if it was just for their benefit, there’s no need for me to seek out the boundaries of what may or may not be possible. And still, from an emotional perspective, at times during this pandemic I’ve never felt lonelier and further removed from everything that really matters.
So here’s the deal. This year, you’re probably not flying anywhere to see family for the holidays this year.
You’ve probably done less traveling in 2020 than you would have hoped to do.
I just want you to know, that 2021 will be different.
We will travel again.
For now – please enjoy my annual holiday e-card below – I hope you’ll appreciate it.
See you next holidays!