More of the same, or have you cleared the decks for some monumental achievement?
Is more of the same necessarily a bad thing? Are monumental achievements a tad over-rated?
What's 2021 going to bring for you?
My view? 2021 will be (overall) the best year yet.
I think we're under-estimating the effect all these restrictions are having on us.
It's like we're on some permanent Calvinist pleasure-suppression kick without the small treats that leaven the sacrifice.
Yes, this new strain's a nightmare (r rate in England up between 0.4 and 0.7 according to research published today), yes, it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better, yes, for all you fellow parents the first three months of this year 'tis going to be the season of home-schooling.
But, after things deteriorate they will inevitably improve and the "roaring twenties" narrative that seems to have permeated normal society now will, I believe, become reality.
The middle-classes have never been richer, world stock markets are up 10%-plus this year (so even the privileged's big money has grown) and all this wealth will need an outlet once there is something worthwhile (aside from gazebos and fire pits) to spend it on.
In the latter half of 2021 and onwards we'll be eating out, travelling, partying, gigging like we've never done before. Mountaineering, too:O), how I'm missing getting into the mountains.
People we know and love will suffer and in some cases die, life will be tough for a few months, but in the medium- to long-term, having endured all that unavoidable sacrifice, experiencing all the wonders of life and the world will taste that much sweeter.
Right, here starteth this week's, this New Year's Day, links.
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