This first few days of 2021 had been promising. In the United States, it is the year for a new administration to start office with a woman holding the second most powerful office in the country. To the rest of Americans, it is one day closer to getting vaccinated against Covid-19. A few weeks ago, Americans received new lock down orders to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. Millions of Americans celebrated the holidays quietly at home with family only contacting others virtually. New Year’s Eve celebrations were no different. The famous celebrations at Times Square in New York City prohibited revelers to be outdoors to witness the big sparkly ball to drop ringing in the new year. The streets of some of the large cities in the country were virtual ghost towns during the biggest party of the year. This was the normal during the holidays in the United States.
But that was the past and it could not be undone. What we can do today is look to the future and the possibilities it offers. As for me, I am looking forward to the end of this deadly pandemic. I look forward to hearing survival rates rather than death rates. I look forward to hearing people going home to family rather than dying alone in hospitals. I look forward to hearing that children are going back to the classroom seeing their teachers and classmates in person again. I look forward to hearing all kinds of businesses reopening so people affected by these closures will earn income again. I certainly look forward to head to the airport, or hitting the road and traveling again. I look forward to all these things happening. I know all of you feel the same way as I do. But these things are not going to happen without everyone’s participation and efforts. All this time, we still need to wear masks and stay at home. If this pandemic is to be eradicated, these are the simplest and easiest act to exercise to help stop the spread. I believe everyone is one day closer to getting vaccinated to save our lives. So, until then, let’s do our part for the sake of our loved ones. We can all save them and ourselves from the pain and suffering of this deadly virus. With the vaccine now available, there’s hope in the horizon. It’s just a matter of time until we all get vaccinated. We need hope and some optimism to uplift our spirit, preserve good mental health and to survive this pandemic. This is my outlook for this new year and I hope you all join me in this very endeavor.
I hope you all have a very happy, very safe and healthy new year. Take care of each other and yourselves.