I love a new year. I love letting go of the old calendar to turn the page on a new chapter. I love the hope that it represents, the energy, the aliveness of it all.
And after such a challenging year as 2020 was, there is such an optimism of what is to come.
But now that we are just a few days in, I think we can agree that it is a cautious optimism.
COVID not only still exists, but it is more serious and rampant than ever before. Racism not only still exists, but now it feels more open and more willing to show its face to the sun instead of hiding in the shadows. There is still unemployment and families doing without and heartbreaking division and hatred in our nation right now. What happened in DC this week, not far at all from where I write this piece, is horrendous. We can not believe that this happened yet we still can all at the same time. We are stunned and shocked and yet we already could predict that one day this would happen. The foundation of what we stand on in this country has deep deep cracks. Heartbreaking. Awakening. Devastating. Overwhelming. But not hopeless.
In the exposure of the cracks, that is where we can see where the fixing needs to begin.
That is how the light gets in.
So we tread carefully going forward, eyes wide open. Let’s be cautious. But please let’s not lose the optimism. It is a time to listen, to learn, to speak when needed and to hold ourselves accountable to be better humans. Our children are living through historic events so let them see us be the catalysts for positivity and good necessary change. I can see and hear enough through the online learning that there are houses teaching love and houses teaching the opposite. And that is truly where it begins. Please be mindful of what you are saying to them and the narrative of the world you are shaping for them to grow up in. Clouded walled visions of hatred and bigotry. Or minds exposed to acceptance and respect towards all people. The choice is yours. It is unbelievable in 2021 that it needs to be said. But yet it is sadly believable and essential at the same time.
The light begins with all of us.
The time to be a light that your children will look up to is now.
Here’s to the rest of 2021. Let’s make it count.
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Katie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, real estate agent, yoga instructor and a momma of four navigating life and a separation and finding herself in the process. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled “Dream a Bigger Dream” and the children’s books “You Are a Warrior” and “We are Family” and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks at The Naked Momma and on Facebook.