And just like that – it’s March 2021! The days have felt long and monotonous, but the past year has really flown by. We were so fortunate to live in Hawaii with relatively low Covid cases, so I personally didn’t experience any significant loss or hardship. I am grateful everyday for my healthy family and can breathe easier now knowing my only living grandma is fully vaccinated and both my parents have already received one vaccine shot. Our little family has spent a lot of time together this past year doing mini-adventures around the island, baking lots of cookies, and just being goofy at home together.
WHAT DID I LEARN IN 2020?
- Family and close friends are everything. Quality, not quantity. I miss socializing and going to large gatherings, but what I realized is what’s most important is being able to see our loved ones and hug them. I really took for granted being able to see my parents whenever I wanted to. I also didn’t realize how important close connections are. Don’t take your loved ones for granted. Look for creative ways to show those close to you that you care about them.
- Teachers, healthcare workers, and scientists should be paid like pro-athletes and celebrities. My appreciation for teachers, healthcare workers, and scientists have sky rocketed. We would not be able to survive without the overwhelming sacrifices that these people have made for our communities. My hope is that one day America will stop undervaluing these careers and pay them the wages that they deserve, especially teachers. Celebrities don’t change the world for the better, teachers do with our youth.
- The values of the United States of America don’t match my values. With the 2020 election, recent civil rights movements, reaction to the pandemic, the local government legislation, and so much more that I have witnessed this year – I realized that America doesn’t match my values. I realized I believe in a more socialist society like Canada or New Zealand who have built a government to serve and protect their communities. America is so ego-centric and it’s all about working, making money, and developing. I want to live in a country that treats everyone as equals and strives for a sustainable way of life. Steve and I wonder – is this where we want to raise our son?
I heard 2021 is the year of the re-shuffling. 2020 turned everyones life upside down and made everyone take a good hard look at their lives. In 2021 people are making big changes in their lives. We will be moving into a new home soon and taking on a huge remodeling project. We’re excited to finally plant some roots down, live in a new neighborhood, and start building a sustainable home. What will you do differently in 2021?