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Happy New… wait, what year is it again?

It was a childhood tradition to take some time at the end of each year to think about the year that was. It was a time to consider lessons learned and to practice gratitude.

Over the years, I’ve shared this tradition with my students. It might be a little schmaltzy, maybe dramatic – but, what tradition isn’t?

This year – as the pandemic, and the turbulence and chaos wore on – it was a little harder to gather my thoughts. But, traditions must go on. Please see my message below.

What year is it again? It was another year of pandemic, filled with continued (and worsening) rage, death tolls, natural disasters, polarization.

And let’s be honest, it doesn’t seem like there’s any resolution to that on the horizon.

But every year, and every era, has its challenges. These are ours. And each year is an opportunity, not only to take stock and re-evaluate, but to consider our own journey. Who are we? What have we done? And most importantly, what will we do with the hand we’re dealt?

So yes, 2021 was not the year we hoped it would be. But I know that in spite of all the hardships, we’ve all had experiences and lessons to be grateful for. We’ve accepted new opportunities (personal and professional). After some introspection, we’ve made big changes.

Many of you have moved or married, gotten engaged, begun new ventures. Some, like me, have decided to close a chapter. These are all milestones to celebrate.

In closing, as 2021 comes to an end, I will take the opportunity to think back and take stock, not just on the last 12 months, but on the months and years that preceded it. They led us here to this moment, but also – and more importantly – to one another.

And so, I am happy.

Our job isn’t to understand the meaning of our struggles and the catastrophes that surround us, but to “imagine Sisyphus happy.” To carry on.

Own your boulder.

“The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.”

Happy new year and may 2022 be better, healthier, and kinder.