While a lot of people have been complaining about 2020, I wanted to extend some gratitude.First, I know a lot of you have had some serious challenges. My family wasn’t without difficulties too this year. My Mom was locked inside her room in her assisted living facility for eight months by herself. My brother and Dad lost their business. Friends of mine lost loved ones and have businesses that are on the brink and lockdowns have caused many to become unstable, angry, sad, depressed, hopeless and fierce.
We all have our version of 2020, but one thing is for sure, all of our experiences have been vastly differently.I have one friend in Australia who recently told me, “I feel bad admitting this, but this has been one of the best years of my life”.
I have other friends who are happier, thriving with their businesses, pivoting on careers and life choices and making the absolute best of life as well. For my immediate family bubble, we moved this year to get our kids in a better school district, and after the Pandemic, we decided to homeschool our three kids, which I gotta admit, has been absolutely amazing.
Our kids are learning coding and my daughter is already a year ahead in several subjects and my boys are also learning so much.For the most part, our day to day lives haven’t changed all that much. I still work from home in my basement studio, we still go on hikes and to the beach and laugh a lot and have lots of hobbies.
Thanks to you all, businesses has been steady and growing and I’ve been able to tap into creativity making new art, finishing up edits on my book and finding new ways to contribute and express ourselves.Thankfully, we have our health and each other and great friends and projects and careers that fill us up.
There’s a lot to be said about 2020, but overall, one thing I have been seeing that I love is how many of my friends are no longer commuting four hours a day to NYC, and families are spending more time with their children and people have been second guessing their careers and locations and priorities.
What’s Your Perspective?
Life, like art, is a lot about perspective. Whether I’m painting or with my family, what and who we focus on is what creates the experience we have.
We choose to make darkness into a hopeless abyss or the necessary counterbalance to bring attention to the light.
Whatever your current reality is right now, I send you respect and love and hope that your holidays are healthy and fun and I wish you all a safe and fun New Year’s eve. Thank you all for the support. My family and I appreciate you so much!