A new page to turn

Published January 1, 2022, 12:05 AM

by Alex M. Eduque

It’s the small things

Alex Eduque

It is hard to believe that this is the last piece I am writing for 2021. It is also harder to believe that while things have picked up quite a bit as compared to last year, COVID-19 is still around, and though vaccines are here, there are also variants. Perhaps it is time to accept that this will be our new normal – at least in the near future – and we will be wearing masks and observing social distancing, and safety protocols for a while longer. If there is anything though we are more sure of now than ever before, it is how flexible, adaptable and resilient we can be as a human race if we want to be, and put our hearts into it.

If I had to pick a word to describe my 2021, it would be change. I will talk more about it in my entries to come, but suffice to say, it has been a year of constant change, unexpected surprises – both pleasant and not – and the need to adapt, adjust, accept and roll with the punches. If there is one trait I learned to value more than ever this year, it is patience, and the ability to expand one’s patience when the need arises. That when you expect it the least, at your most vulnerable, emotions you have only once read about, heard about or watched about will become a reality. The key is not to let it overcome you. It is valid to feel these feelings, but always remember that you are greater than it – put your mind over the matter, always.

Change can be good. In fact, a lot of the times, change is good. It is a sign of progress, of moving on, of acceptance, and of things anew. As predominantly creatures of habit, we are always initially opposed to and resistant to change, but if we come to see the goodness that it is capable of bringing, we can transform the hesitation into an awakened outlook. You will be surprised at what an open mind can do.

We all have our marks of a new year – January first, our birthdays, perhaps the day we recovered from a life changing experience, Lunar new year, this list goes on – but typically, we always celebrate the start of a new calendar year, and for many of us, see it as a new page to turn, a blank slate, a new chance. We all have our goals and our resolutions, and more often than not, we seize the opportunity of a new year to start refreshed. We seemingly gain a sense of renewed optimism, hope and sense of promise every new year. The goal should be to maintain this all throughout – much easier said than done, but definitely a possibility if we make a conscious effort.

Wishing everyone a blessed, brighter and a safe 2022! Undoubtedly, it will be one of change once again for so many of us. May we learn to welcome it, accept it, and embrace it.