Hi, SEers. Mae here. Can you believe 2020 is almost over? It’s been an insane year, certainly not the best for a number of reasons. All of that aside, I hope you had a fantastic Christmas with family and friends, and I wish you a blessed and happy New Year’s. This is the time when we look back over what has been, and look forward to the bright, shiny possibilities waiting in the future. Here’s hoping 2021 brings a bounty of good tidings for all.
I find it interesting that when a new year is ready to begin, our thoughts naturally gravitate toward the positive. We look ahead to uncharted territory, envisioning only the best. There are so many possibilities! We’ve got a blank slate and can write our own story. There’s plenty of excitement and energy, but as the year crawls forward, we allow circumstance to weigh us down.
Remember how you felt at the beginning of 2020? Remember how excited you were? Not only were we set to embrace a new year, but also a new decade. And let’s face it—2020 had a nice ring to it.
I’m not going to list all of the things that went wrong this past year, but there were plenty of good things too. The bush fires in Australia stopped and the world united around our friends down under; the planet had a chance to breathe as pollution levels dropped; shelter pet fosters and adoptions rose as people in lockdown opened their homes to animals in need; the Space X Crew Dragon launch marked the first time a commercial spacecraft sent astronauts into orbit.
I’ll borrow a quote from Charles Dickens—It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Most of us only remember that small portion from A Tale of Two Cities, but the entirety of the passage fits 2020 to a tee:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
Yeah, 2020 was rough, but we get a do-over with 2021. It’s our chance to put the winter of despair behind us and move forward into the season of Light. To make all the possibilities we dreamed of in 2020 become reality. If you had goals that weren’t met, no worries. It’s time to embrace them all over again—that WIP that’s been languishing, or the novel in need of an agent or publisher. What about the finished draft you’re ready to upload and promote as a killer indie? Maybe you’re new to the whole writer/publishing shooting match and want to launch a blog or website. Or maybe you’ve got a new vision for your existing blog and want to up your schedule and/or grow your audience.
Challenge yourself. As we close out 2020, let’s make 2021 our best year yet. My wish for all of you is that you accomplish your goals and that when there are hurdles—and there will be hurdles—you find the fortitude to carry on.
Happy New Year from all of us at Story Empire. May you have a happy, healthy, and successful 2021. Thanks for spending this topsy-turvy year with SE.
Do you have a specific goal you want to achieve in the New Year, or one you’re particularly proud of accomplishing in 2020? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Ready, set, go!