Happy New Year Consett Magazine readers,
In many places around the world people stay up late to see the old year out and the new year in. Almost everywhere in the world church bells ring, horns toot, whistles blow, sirens shriek, and of course fireworks go bang! That is, until 2020 made it problematic for obvious reasons for people to congregate and celebrate together in large groups or parties.
This year we hope you’ve all been able to safely see in the new year with your closest family and friends, even if it was just a quick chat on the phone, Zoom, or Facetime to wish each other all the best of the year ahead.
They say change is the universal law of nature. The old has to give way to the new. Yes, the year 2020 has left us and has made way for the year 2021.
But what will this new decade bring?
If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that there are things that may not be under our control. From just one human the covid-19 virus was able to spread throughout the planet, quickly and furiously infecting 70 million humans and killing more than 1.6 million people.
We think it’s a bit of a metaphor that something so small and insignificant in size can spread from just one human being to millions of others so quickly (in under 12 months). Perhaps positive change in 2021 could come about just like this too? In much the same way the virus was able to spread, perhaps from small random acts of kindness we can spread positivity, look after our loved ones, and make Consett and indeed our planet a better place to live in for the decade ahead.
I was just thinking about how many decades I’ve lived in now, it’ll be 5 decades I’ve had on this planet. I’ve lived in the 80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s, and now the 2020s – and yet I’m 34 years old. I’ve seen a lot of change in the world in my short time on earth, and if there’s ever a prediction for what may lie ahead, it is to “expect the unexpected”. There is always change, and I can’t help feeling that 2020 is just the beginning of a more connected planet – where we increasingly rely and demand services and products brought directly to us through mobile applications – and interaction between humans happens predominantly via the internet. My hope is that we’re able to continue to prosper, improve health needs, and become more environmentally conscious of our planet as individuals and in our local and global communities; and hopefully we can all get together this year for all the missed events like ceremonies, weddings, baby births, birthdays, parties, and all the good times with family and friends which are dearly missed.
Warmest wishes for 2021,
Barry Kirkham, Marco Elsy and all the people and businesses who make the free Consett Magazine possible every month.