This year was not as enjoyable as I would have liked. I miss hanging out with friends and family. Most of the plans I had for the year were cancelled or postponed. All of my gaming went online.
That said, I have been exceptionally fortunate this year. No one in my immediate or extended family caught COVID and died. My wife and I have jobs where we’ve been very busy. The town I live in was not damaged by civil unrest or effected by the rise in violence that others have seen.
Even though I had good outcomes, I felt a lot of anxiety this year. I felt a lot of fear that one or all of the bad things I kept seeing on “social” media and in the news would happen to my family. I am a catastrophizer by nature and this year brought on more of that than usual. I managed to push through it, but I had help from the people around me. I want to acknowledge that.
I am grateful for my friends who kept showing up to play our online game. You were the only people I regularly socialized without outside of my wife and child. Our game was one of the best parts of my year.
I am grateful to my family for allowing me the time and space to game every week and write everyday. I have managed to put a lot of words down in the blog and elsewhere. It’s kept me sane and out of the spiral of depression I would have normally gone down.
I am grateful to you, my readers, who have taken the time to read my words and share them with your friends when you thought they were worth your time. Thank you.
I wish you all the best in the New Year.
I hope you are able to find the strength and purpose to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward.