For all the challenges and hardship of the past year, even despite all
the challenges that remain in the year to come, I remain a perpetual
optimist. I am surrounded by good friends and colleagues who are with me
in spirit, even when we cannot spend time together physically in the
same place. My love of books and literature keeps me tied to human
culture, and attuned to the inevitable periods of recovery and renewal
that tend to follow in the wake of disaster. With the success of
vaccines trials, their approval, and their roll-out lighting up the
pages of our news apps, we have every reason to believe that renewal is
only a matter of time.
If there is anything good that has come out of this year, it is that I
now understand that I have been putting off certain things, telling
myself that I don’t need to do them now, or that it would be too much of an
investment, or that it’s not worth getting burned if I don’t do well.
The reality of lockdown, during which those activities are impossible,
has demonstrated starkly the folly of such thinking. There is no time
Wherever you are, and whatever it is you’ve most missed out on this past
year, my Christmas wish is that by this time next year, you are able to
that thing again, whatever it is that gives your life the most meaning
and a sense of fulfillment.
In the general holiday spirit, Merry Christmas, everyone. Let’s make
2021 the year we came back stronger than ever.