I am always later than most with my year in reviews. This is my first posting of what will likely be a short series over the next week or two. I plan a sports post and a pictures of the year post and maybe a few others.
It was a weird year.
I would like 2022 to be a year I can breathe a little freer and perhaps not have swabs jammed up my nose as much or needles stuck in my arm (or anywhere else!) I hope less people I know get really sick or die. I hope we begin to get back to a level of normalcy.
But that said I hope we learned something.
I want to share these thoughts in hopes we can move forward and increase our life expectancy age even further. Bare with me.
1. If we are sick can we all agree to either stay home or wear a mask? Despite the arguments, I believe in 2020 we learned that social distancing and masks did cut down on the spread things like the common cold and the like. Not perfect, but an aid.
2. I'm an old school hand shaker, but can we adopt the fist bump or develop an even better greeting? Perhaps a double fist bump and slight bow of respect? The handshake may very well be more lethal than guns, in fact I'm sure it is. I'm pretty sure every cold I've ever gotten was the result of a handshake (or a kid climbing all over the photographer at an elementary school assignment!) What say we find a new form of respect and greeting that is healthier?
3. Perhaps social media isn't the best place for us to truly discuss serious matters? Though, admittedly, I'm an addict of social media because we really reach everyone--good or bad. I wish there was a good way to say we need to legitimate sources, but we're so paranoid of each other's extremes we will struggle to find a way to be civil.
That said most people who discuss things in person remain somewhat civil when they realize the other side doesn't have two heads. So maybe social media must require us to show our face when we say something stupid.
5. Respect.... this is tough, but I would hope that we have learned to respect each others comfort levels - but maybe we have a little way to go there. But people deciding to wear their mask hopefully allows them to not be face to face confronted and allowed their comfort level and freedom.
I could go on, but I suspect I've already lost many of you. What I hope from everything bad is that we find the possible good that it presents us. World War Two was horrific, but it brought the world somehow closer together in many ways in a fight against tyranny. The Cold War taught us that we are fragile and we have so many lessons to still learn about race and equality. And there is always good within the mire if we're willing to look hard enough for it. I think from this we should come out healthier, though recent events seem to say otherwise, I still have hope!
So in 2022 I hope we can fist bump and bow with respect, perhaps be healthier and move forward from these two years stronger and take on the future with hope.