Friday, December 25, 2020

A Pandemic Christmas

I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas Day despite the current circumstances.

I’ve spent a lovely Christmas Day at home with my wife and daughters, and have been remembering Christmases gone by with happy and fond memories of family members and friends no longer with us.

This year has taken its toll on all of us, but I’m thankful that our 2020 hasn’t been anywhere near as bad as it could have been. I’m also well aware that the global pandemic isn’t over yet, and with the new variant wreaking havoc it’ll continue to get a lot worse before it gets better.

Hopefully vaccines will help restore normality over the coming year, but until then we all need to wash our hands, follow the rules, wear masks when we’re supposed to, stay socially distanced, and call out the selfish and ignorant among us who think it’s all a joke or one big conspiracy – it really isn’t either.

It’s all helped to put Brexit into perspective, though. I can’t believe how excited and relieved I feel that there’s a trade deal, even if it is so much worse than we already had – just like 2020, it’s not as bad as it could have been. I’m sure our children’s generation will make up their own minds on it all, as the future belongs to them.

Far from mellowing, I feel more than ever that the important things in life are worth fighting for.

Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. The grave will supply plenty of time for silence.” – Christopher Hitchens