Happy New Year 2021!
It is of no surprise that pretty much everyone from everywhere is happy to see the final moments of 2020 gone. With the trepidation, sickness, poverty, political problems, and plain old publicized drama of this past year, 2021 should bring with it an element of hope for the future.
If you have never really participated in the sometimes useful, sometimes pointless fun of making a New Year’s resolution, now might be the perfect time to do so.
With everything that has gone horribly wrong this past year, setting some good goals might bring the living part of life back into focus. Setting some long term goals might be just what the doctor ordered for families to finally reclaim some of the peace of mind that has all but eluded us in 2020.
Rewind Through 2020
2020 has without a doubt been a roller coaster ride through different variations of Hell for the majority of the population. From the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, losing jobs, having no income of any kind, being quarantined, and not having enough of the everyday essentials we all depend on to survive to losing family and friends through this crisis.
To make matters worse, some of the people who were considered ‘middle class’ have now found themselves in a serious state of poverty. People are just now finding out that food stamps and welfare don’t just apply to those who are considered ‘lower class’ and ‘poor families’. There are more and more families finding themselves in a desperate situation of need for the most basic things like- food, water, utilities, housing, medical care, etc…
On top of the decline in health, the death toll, financial instability, hoarding, homelessness, joblessness, and etc… there is also the typical daily stress of figuring out what to do next. Even with the vaccines, food banks, and the meager stimulus checks for the poor, there is little in the way of help for those that have practically nothing left.
Other than the illnesses and the politics, there have also been a ‘pandemic’ of rioting across the United States. People that live near the most actively attacked areas have even bigger problems to face. How can anyone go out to find an ‘essential job’, shop for food, pay a bill, or anything else that is a necessary activity if they feel their life might be in danger as soon as they step out their front door?
The simple answer is not really so simple. Right now, a large chunk of the population feels forgotten and mistreated by those who are supposed to take care of them. People are confused, scared, tired, hungry, and cold with no way to receive the amount of help they really need. Life has become a desperate fight for many.
Desperate Measures: Pay It Forward
With all the squabbling going on over elections, treatments, and riots, it is more important for the people to start standing up for one another.
People are in need of several things right now. Which makes this the perfect time for everyone to do something good for someone else that has been placed in a difficult situation.
Yes, it’s true that most people are in a difficult situation of some kind or another. However, if you have the means to help others in some way, do it.
When you sit down to consider what you can do, make a resolution to contribute to society in some way. Even the most simple things can go a long way to improving the quality of life of those around you.
For example- if you have a lot of items that you know you won’t be using over the next few months, donate them. There are numerous food panties, clothing drives, can good drives, and local charities that would greatly appreciate the items you can do without. There are several other ways to help, this is just a seriously pressing point. You can always follow your local news and call or visit local drives to find out what is needed in your own community. If you’ve ever heard someone say that every little bit helps, you will find out how true that statement is just by looking around your local area.
When all is said and done, there is a way for everyone to pitch in and help. The only way to do that is to stop conforming to the stigma placed on poverty. Being poor is not a life choice. Typically, the situation is inflicted by one event or several that arose and cause a family or community serious damage. Unlike the coronavirus, poverty is not contagious and the cure is much simpler to find. People just need to work together and help those that need it when they need it the most.
Welcome To 2021
When you reflect on the highlights of the last year or so, you will find that things have changed drastically for pretty much everyone. Even if you think the damage has not effected daily life, look again, you might realize something different.
Even something so simple as finding toilet paper, bread, and eggs has become a game of check back later and hope for the best. Not having access to basic needs affects everyone, even if it’s only on a small scale.
With all of this in mind, set some goals. Go through your cupboards and closets for items you know will remain unused and give them to a charity that will distribute them to those who need it most.
While you’re at it, set a few other goals. It is true that desperate times call for desperate measures. However, it is equally true that in order to help others you must be able to help yourself as well.
Think about what you would like to accomplish by the end of this year and make a plan to see it happen. Even with some places closed and social distancing becoming the new normal it is still possible to make your goals a reality. The hardest part is figuring out what parts of your plan are plausible at this point in time and finding an alternative for the steps that can not be taken due to the issues in today’s society.
For example- Comedians have no way of getting onto most stages right now. They can get a green screen or set up a room and create comedy videos and post them to outlets like YouTube. Writers can create their manuscript and publish them through several different avenues. Online college courses are an option, as are videos that teach you something new that could turn into a career for you later.
Either way, if you tell yourself there is a way you will find one. If you second guess what you’re doing or thinking, you will only hinder your own success.
Now, more than ever, is the time to really pay it forward for those around you that might need your help and for yourself.