The Difference a Day Makes
There is a lot of talk about the joy today, the last day of 2020, is bringing. The reality is that the first day of 2021 is going to be more of the same. Nothing changes except the date we will be filling into offers, checks and seeing on our calendars. While it is a nice sentiment to think that we are sweeping this s*** storm to the curb, the reality is that we are not.
All in all, 2020 was not a total loss. It revealed independent thinkers. It also revealed those that won't allow anything to stop their success or positivity. Once again, I am left thanking God for who I am and my ability to trudge through years like this and still keep my head up and see the good. My mom survived COVID. I learned a ton from personal experience in her buildings COVID ward. And finally, I sold more real estate than I have ever sold any other year. On the sad notes, I had to move my mom to memory care and say goodbye to our first kitty love. Those were made all the more raw by quarantine and not being able to be in the presence of loved ones or doctors.
Seeing 2020 go won't upset me, but ringing in a New Year under the same conditions we've seen in 2020, is not exactly worth a celebration to me. Fear will take the lead first day out as we are prohibited from gathering to celebrate. More people will be losing their jobs. More families will struggle to survive. Our government will continue to give away money we don't have.
While my business does well, it's heart breaking to see the toll all the precautions have taken on our local economy. The divide between the haves and have nots is growing greater during this time. Not sure the greater good was actually served by the overload of precautions, but that's a debate that generations from now will have in their ethics and government classes.
At the moment I'm reading a book on Thomas Jefferson called The Art of Power. I think if I could go back in a time machine and talk to anyone, it would be him. I'd love to sit in his Monticello home, atop that mountain, and see his reaction to where we are in the United States right now. The amount of debt our government has, the sheer size of it and the taxes we pay would probably be enough to need smelling salts to revive him.
While I am struggling within as 2020 comes to a close, I will wake up on January 1, 2021 with the same resolve to make my take care of my loved ones and serve my community with the skills I have learned in real estate and through personal experience. Let's see where 2021 takes us.