Remember just a year ago when everyone was pumped about an exciting new decade? It was 2020 and just the sound of it was futuristic and hopeful.
"This is going to be my year!" people said.
Unfortunately, I don't think 2020 was anybody's year unless your last name starts with B and rhymes with Sneez-os. While you'll see lots of folks out there blithely saying, "Thank goodness 2020 is over!" I've got to say, 2021 isn't looking great either.
With the economic disaster that is sweeping the country, more lockdown mandates, a new government that is likely to crack down even more, rapidly approved vaccinations we'll be "strongly encouraged" to receive, and who knows what else in store, if you are a New Year's resolution type, it's important to keep these things in mind and set more realistic goals for the year ahead.
A lot of the old tips for prepping and stockpiling are no longer really workable for many of us. This is true for a multitude of reasons – money is tight, supplies are less abundant and more expensive, and it's more difficult to access businesses and in-person education.
That has a lot of people feeling overwhelmed and even helpless. My inbox is filled with messages from those who want to prepare but feel like there's just no hope.
I'm here to tell you that there is hope. We may be down right now, but we aren't out. We're only truly defeated if our attitude allows us to stay in that state of mind. When you think you've irrevocably lost, you stop looking for wins. And goes against what prepping is all about. I've always said that prepping is the ultimate act of optimism. This is a time that will test our resilience and show us what we're really made of. (Spoiler – we're made of strong stuff.)
I'm not going to sugarcoat it. The clock isn't going to strike midnight leaving us all to sigh in relief and say, "Thank goodness! It's finally over! GoodBYE 2020!" This isn't Cinderalla and there are no fairy godmothers or spells to be lifted. 2021 is going to be a challenge in much of the same way 2020 was and probably in ways we haven't even imagined yet. (I mean, who really expected murder hornets and cannibalistic monkeys?)