A year ended and what a year it was… It is easy to just think about the negative things, but in everything there lies a chance as well.
Many yearn to “go back to normal”. Really? What is considered to be “normal” nowadays? I think we have a chance to establish a new “normal”.
I guess some people learnt that they should not take everything for granted and that health is the most important asset to have.
It was kind of a reality check for many of those living in a consumerist society. At least I hope it was.
I think it is also an opportunity for some to be grateful for what they have: a roof over their head, food, and clothes. This is not normal, when we take a look at the conditions in which many people all over the world have to live.
More than 750.000.000 people are currently living in extreme poverty (https://worldpoverty.io/map).
About 800.000.000 people worldwide are undernourished.
So all of us who are able to look at a screen, have access to the internet, use mobile phones, make an online order any time, etc. should think again when we complain about not being able to fly to an exotic island right now, go skiing, go on a cruise ship, etc.

Anyways, sorry if I sound self-righteous here. It has been a difficult year for most of us, but I’d just like to take the opportunity to remind us to be thankful for the things we have, despite all the terrible things that happened.

I wish you all a happy new year and that you use the opportunity to think over what is or should be “normal”, on the impact our behaviour has on this planet if we go back to business as usual.