I don’t want to say it again, and you don’t want to hear it, but here it is: 2020 has been an unprecedented time. In light of such a whirlwind of a year, we can expect that 2021 will echo the surprises of 2020. How do we prepare for this? We need to adjust our 2021 expectations for a better year. For a society that loves to plan, and especially achieve goals throughout the year, this reality is a hard thing to grasp.
The year 2021 will probably look different than what we expect. How do we adjust to it?
In an effort to dive into the New Year fully supported, we need to be aware of some factors that may impact our future. Such as, we will be living in the remains of a pandemic world. Picking up the rubble, sorting through lost careers, and reconnecting with old friends will feel strange and uncomfortable. Physical distance might change. For those who are not ready to close that gap, returning to a “normal” world will feel wrong.
What do we plan for, then? Can we even make New Year’s resolutions for 2021?
Instead of making plans, plan to be surprised. I learned that from the movie “Real Life of Dan”, a quarantine favorite among my family. In a world with no clear future insight, we must plan to be surprised – don’t worry about what will happen, but instead, worry about how you will react to it. For example, I would rather know how I would react to a global vaccine rather than knowing if there will be a vaccine. If we focus on how we will react to change this year, we can better adjust our expectations for 2021 so that we aren’t let down.
We can’t expect what will happen this next year, but we can plan to be surprised.
For those out there that thrive with goals to achieve, here is one that I think everyone can accomplish. Let’s strive to be kinder to each other and to be more respectful of each other’s opinions. Let’s adjust our expectations for 2021 together.