Happy New Year Monkeys

We might be a little off balance starting this year, but the proverbial light is at the end of the tunnel is in sight! 2020 was quite a year and 2021 will be a different year on many levels but I believe if we take the lessons learned from the past year and add it to the freedoms we will have when the vaccine starts to have its effect we will live in an even better place than we did pre Covid. 

Everyone keeps talking about wanting things to get back to normal (pre Covid) but I’m not so sure I do. Don’t get me wrong, I want businesses to reopen and Covid to go away but I don’t want all the things we experienced and learned from the lock downs to go away with it.

Today I went for a walk at LaBarriere Park and as I arrived in the parking lot I could see a family set up with a fire going, food and their new puppy playing. A car pulls in beside me and Grandma gets out, the two kids come running over with puppy, social distancing, but greeting her none the less. She walked over with her chair, set it up and this family was having Sunday brunch in the park. January 3, in Winnipeg none the less. The park was alive and bustling with sledders, skiers, hikers, dog sledders…it’s the way it’s suppose to be but never have I seen our parks as busy as I have this year. These are the things I want to stay.

As I arrived back in the community I live in, our lake (pond) which has all been cleared by community members was alive and bustling too. Mini hockey games, skaters, walkers all having fun. Our toboggan hill was the same. People outside enjoying winter, each other and staying safe. I have lived in this community for almost 26 years and I have never seen the numbers of people out enjoying life. These are the things I want to stay.

Personally I have figured out how to use my extra time wisely without binge Netflix watching and eating and drinking. It took a while, let’s be honest its a work in progress but I’m getting there. I thank the second lock down for waking me up. The time we have had was a gift that has taught me how to use the 24 hours in a day much more wisely and effectively. This I want to stay.

My house became more organized and decluttered over the past year. This I want to stay.

I could go on and on but I think you get the idea. A combination of back to normal with all the lessons and life style changes we have made during Covid will make for a better world and an amazing end to 20221. Businesses have had to reinvent themselves and I think it’s important perhaps that we as individuals do too.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and change as this is hopefully a once in a lifetime opportunity that we will have to have the time to slow down enough to notice what truly fuels us and makes us happy. Decisions made by you based on your true values are the key to happiness. Big business, mass media and marketers do not have your best interest at heart. Remember in a post covid world you’re the boss.


  1. Sarah on January 4, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Fabulous post. It’s like you beautifully articulated what’s in my head down on paper. May this week of Covid activities be all that you want and more.

  2. Susan Nemec on January 4, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Carol, a great post. You are so right!! A great way to look at things. Love the positive outlook!

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