I thought about writing this column for the first Monday in 2021, but that would be January 4. The way 2020 has gone, God knows how much crap would have happened by then.
So let’s get this out of the way on the last Monday of 2020. Hear me now 2021, mi nuh inna di foolishness. Yuh bredda Mr 2020 mash me up rather badly.
In fact, him beat me up so bad, I actually apologised to previous years which I thought were my worst on planet Earth, 2015-2016 a unnu mi a talk. Don’t ask.
The serious truth is I have seen a lot of stuff this year. Most of it garbage, some of it downright tragic. Miss Corona continues to be the unwanted party guest who won’t leave.
Literally, every continent get a touch, even Antarctica. Asia, Europe, and North America (well, the USA) get some big box and tump it’s a shame. And poor likkle Jamaica did haffi get involve.
One way or another, we were going to have cases. It was inevitable. And once it got here, it decide say it nah go nuh weh. I mean we always welcome visitors, but lawks. Get lost nuh!
But then Miss Corona tek it even further. Just as we start think say she leaving, as soon as she hear say vaccine a come, she change har clothes and rally back.
Then locally, aside from the miserable coronavirus, we’ve had our issues. Landslides, floods, the criminal dem still a galang bad, Jasmine Deen still missing; it can be depressing man.
I tell you, it’s enough to make you drink booze in copious amounts. To be fair, some people don’t need a reason to do that.
But there have been some positives. And no, mi nuh count Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as one a dem ‘cause Trump neva do me nutten. But we have seen Jamaicans excelling abroad, setting trends, and we have seen our people come together to help the less fortunate long before Christmas came around. But looking back, overall things just seem gloomy.
Got to tell you, I’m kinda ending 2020 on a whimper rather than a roar. Looking back on the year, I’ve made missteps. And then because most of the time I’ve been working from home, I’ve had times when I have been alone with my thoughts. So I’ve looked back on the missteps of the past.
I have to tell you, I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions. But I think there are some things I need to stop doing real quick before we start another calendar year. I still try to please everybody, I still fear change (at times it can be very crippling), I definitely still overthink (everything) and I tend to live in the past. All of those have got to change in 2021, regardless of whether the year is a ‘good’ one or not. And that’s my responsibility.
Having said that, 2021, the statement at the beginning still stands. Nuh badda wid di foolishness. Some of us got enough to deal with.
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