Hello. I know this isn’t the greatest year to recap, and I’ve told myself numerous times it’s not necessary to recap this year. So I decided to keep it the same as I have been doing all year — in the form of a list of a few things I am grateful for. Considering, well, you know… the year it’s been and how this blog still exists solely because of that attitude of gratitude (I hate* that phrase, but it did keep me as sane as can be in 2020).

This whole apocalypse thing got a bit out of hand, and I fear I am being too optimistic here, but I have to admit there was quite some good this year too. As always, in random order:

  1. I am still here.
  2. I have been able to read 41 books this year, 9 books more than my initial goal — and my favourites were ‘Nausea’, ‘Ronia the Robbersdaughter’ and ‘How to be an Anti-Racist’.
  3. At work I managed to get a permanent contract, for whatever that’s worth (can you imagine I’ve been working at the same company for over 2 years now?). As well as being able to work from home during this time.
  4. This song from Angelo de Augustine.
  5. Old and new friends.
  6. My flatmates and I moved house, just before the ridiculous heat of the summer too. Funnily enough, we’re still friends even though this year meant we all work from home (aka, see each other All. The. Time.).
  7. Only one of my friends/family suffered from Covid, and thankfully she recovered. Goodness am I grateful for their health, and mine.
  8. This short with Adrien Brody.
  9. Most of my plants are still alive, had to say goodbye to my basil plant who did not survive the ridiculous heat of the summer unfortunately.
  10. I was able to follow and successfully complete a photography course, which I probably should have done 10 years ago but never mind. Doing this was apparently very necessary, I was able to prove myself things I wasn’t able to prove before and I’m not quite sure what to do now.
  11. I am still here.

In case you wondered if I had any resolutions for the new year, I am not sure. 2020 was so thoroughly unexpected, yet I was able to do most things I hoped I would… I am at a bit of a loss of in which direction I would want to steer my resolutions. I have allowed myself my first Christmas-break in over 10 years, but introspection is still a bit scary and foreign at the moment. We’ll see.

In any case, I will see you in the new year! So here’s to you, my dear reader… whoever you may be, I wish you a wonderful new year! Stay safe!

*hate is probably too strong a word.