While many people, including myself, will be saying “good riddance” to 2020, we know that turning the page on a calendar will not make things magically better. Caregivers will still be overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, though vaccines are beginning to roll out. Sadly, it will not be soon enough for some, and more people will grieve the loss of a loved one due to coronavirus in 2021. Other terrible diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and cancer, will continue to take a toll. Our dedicated health care workers and other essential workers will continue to be overworked, underpaid and sacrificing their physical and mental wellbeing for the rest of us.
But there are glimmers of hope that 2021 won’t be as devastating as 2020. We’ve learned so much in this terrible year, and in 2021, we will get to apply those lessons in our lives. It is my hope that you and your loved ones can find some sense of peace in the new year as we work to make each day a bit brighter. It won’t be easy, but caregivers are tough and compassionate, and that is an amazing combination of qualities to have during difficult times.