When the clock strikes midnight

Updated: Feb 25

When the clock strikes midnight, many people will be saying cheers to the end of 2020 and for most they will view it as the worst year of their life. 2020 has been one that will go down in history. Turbulent to say the least. It came in like the Tasmanian devil, causing a ripple effect of worry, stress, and anxiety but there have been moments, beautiful moments to remember and to share.

It has been a year that many businesses have suffered tragic losses with huge redundancies. The hospitality sector like many others was hit hard. Restaurants have been open and closed and open and closed again. I have spent months on furlough like my colleagues and struggled at times financially, but I still have a job. 2021 is a new year to meet new and wonderful people, to hug my colleagues, to pay my bills and to eat. Simple but magical little things I am grateful I can do so.

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” Denis Waitley

2020 has been a year that for many, time has stood still but with time comes opportunity. To reflect, to question and to embrace. For me time allowed me to fall in love again, fall in love with the things that I love. To be able to write, to draw, to design. Things I would not have discovered had I not been given the time. Despite the tragedy, the heartache and the disruption time is something we never get back and we should never regret. For every second we get to spend on this earth is more precious than gold. At midnight we all share the same time, a new year of dreams, and desires, or to simply embrace the things that you love. I am grateful I can do so.

This year has made me value and appreciate the love of my friends and family, who I am extremely fortunate to say are still healthy when so many people have tragically lost their loved ones. I might not be spending New Year’s Eve with them, but I will have the opportunity to do so in the New Year. A new year of precious moments, laughter, a friendly conversation, and a warm hug. I am grateful I can do so.

“Forget yesterday- it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow-you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift, today.” Steve Maraboli

So, when the clock strikes 12 instead of slating a year of your life, raise a glass to the many little and wonderful things that you have been blessed with. How resilient we are as human beings; the human spirit is strong with the capability to love our neighbour. To love one another. These are the little things that we take for granted but most of all Cheers to this beautiful thing we call life.

For each day that I wake I am grateful I can do so.

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