Whatever your position in all of this, you have to admit life will never be the same again.

Reflecting on the last two years, the changes in my life have been astronomical.

Quite frankly, I am glad I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s because we had SO much freedom. We weren’t tied to our phones because they were attached to the wall. Our parents were less concerned about us running off to play independently. “Just be home before it gets dark!” was what we commonly heard. We were relatively free to live life as we pleased.

There wasn’t all the digital and electronic gadgets we have today, nor was there the supersized fresh produce and shelves full of preservatives. Mum would send you to a neighbour if we ran out of sugar or flour and people in the street knew each other relatively well.

I am not knocking today’s advantages, such as having access to a wealth of knowledge on the internet. If I don’t know how to do something, I am bound to find one or more videos on YouTube to show me. Blogs detail every angle of everything so I can get a better perspective on subjects from various viewpoints and make my own mind up

We can reach our family and friends all around the world free through various apps and social media. Again, I have learned a lot through what people share on social media platforms. Plus, I have made friends I would never have even met without access to these.

Then 2020 knocked us all out of the water, and we had no idea what to do. Our life was about to change dramatically…

Suddenly, people who knew that the governments lied started to depend on them. Fear became the seller, not sex. Our beautiful globe united in magnificent ways for a fleeting moment, and the Earth had a chance to heal. But it was quickly followed by division and anger and mostly back to destroying the environment.

No matter your point of view, this is what has happened. Now, people are rising and uniting. I am excited that I get to witness this in my life. You see, the world wasn’t working, and we were but machines doing the grind.

2021 has people realising what is important to them. I often hear stories where someone has attempted to pay for something, and the person in front already paid for it. Never before have I heard of this happening. Groups and communities are gathering offering support. People are growing their own veggies again. Grower carts are offering excess fruit and veg, and plants across the suburbs.

We have a long way to go, but the path is visible and widening. There are key people lighting the way. Hope is great, but it is a wish. I have faith, and faith is belief.

I intend to do my part by continuing my work in the world, offering support where I can, and reminding people that they are capable of anything, even with these external limitations. We ultimately create our reality and I intend to make mine the best yet

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