¡Adios 2021, Bienvenida 2022!

With less than 24 hours left in 2021, perhaps it’s time for a few personal reflections.  I’ve had more than plenty of time to just sit and think during the past four months, and often my thoughts have revealed more about my own inner workings than anything. One thing I learned about myself is that I’m really good at ‘talking the talk’, but when it comes to ‘walking the walk’, I fail miserably.  I consoled myself with … “not everyone is able to attend protest marches or donate large sums of money … we all give according to our abilities.”  All of which sounds very nice, but … with a bit more effort, might I have been able to attend a BlackLivesMatter protest near my home?  Probably.  Might I have donated money to the cause?  Absolutely.  Instead, I used my voice to write blog posts criticizing racism, racists, misogynists and other forms of bigotry, as well as the corrupt and evil politicians, but what did that really accomplish?

Lest you think I’m beating up on myself for my shortcomings, I’m not.  I’m simply trying to learn enough from them so that I can do better at some point in the future.  Given my current health issues, my abilities are still very limited, but I can focus on what I need to do differently when I am able to.

As I’ve mentioned in previous ‘New Year’ posts, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, for it is only setting oneself up for failure.  I always, though, have hopes for the upcoming year, and this year is no different.  Here are a few of my hopes for 2022.

On a personal note, I hope to regain my health, or at least most of it, and be able to return to a fairly active life.  I hope my family and friends remain safe, healthy, and financially secure throughout the year.

On a more political note, I have many hopes for the country and the world …

  • I would like to see the January 6th committee submit to the Department of Justice recommendations for criminal prosecutions for the former guy, as well as Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, and all other politicians who played a role in the coup attempt. Then I would like to see Attorney General Garland follow through and prosecute those people to the fullest extent of the law.  They should all be in prison by this time next year.
  • I would like to see the end of Covid, meaning that vaccine mandates will need to be enforced relentlessly and at least 95% of the people in this country fully vaccinated. The naysayers are more than welcome, in my book, to leave the country … perhaps they would enjoy living in Brazil … or Siberia.
  • I hope that in the coming year, leaders and policy-makers in every nation on earth start listening to the scientists and taking climate change more seriously. The Paris Accords are a starting point only, but I think we can realistically say that it’s too little, and possibly even too late.  The climate deniers can join the vaccine deniers in Brazil!
  • I hope, though I’m fairly certain it is a futile hope, that the Republicans and Democrats can learn to live together in peace. In other words, that members of Congress can set aside their party affiliations and actually work to legislate policies that are in the best interests of the people of this nation.  Compromise is possible, but it cannot only benefit the wealthiest, most powerful individuals.
  • I hope that reasonable gun laws will be legislated in the coming year, for the gun culture in the U.S. has gone well past lunacy! No ordinary person needs to own a gun … it is an ego trip for power-hungry, arrogant people.
  • I hope that both President Biden and Vice President Harris remain safe and well throughout the year.
  • I hope that S. 4: John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 and S. 2747: Freedom to Vote Act and S. 2093: For the People Act of 2021 pass in the Senate long before the November elections in order to ensure that every eligible voter is able to vote without undue hardship.  These three bills may well be the most important ones this year, for without them, our democracy will crumble.
  • I wish for, but know we are a long ways from, an end to bigotry in all its many forms.  Racism, religious bigotry, white supremacy, misogyny and other forms of bigotry have no place in today’s world … they should have ended long ago, but greed and arrogance seem built into the human mindset and far too much harm has been done in the name of “supremacy”.

And last, but not least, I wish all of you, my blogging family, a safe, peaceful and joyous 2022.  Cheers, love ‘n hugs to you all!

29 thoughts on “¡Adios 2021, Bienvenida 2022!

  1. Ditto on everything Jill. I am especially rooting for your return to great health and my hubby maintaining his for as long as possible. Hugs and guve yourself some room to be human. You do so very much. 🤗❤️

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  2. I could not begin to say it better than the late, and great, Dr. Maya Angelou : “My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish the mean world with your acts of kindness.” May 2022 not end without the accomplishment of every single thing on your list…this will take undeterred determination and hard work, but this can be done!! WHAK!! Thank-YOU!

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    • Maya Angelou was rarely, if ever, wrong! Thank you for the reminder, and like you, I hope to see at least some progress on the items of my list, though I’m not about to hold my breath on some of them. WHAK!!!

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  3. “but what did that really accomplish”? A LOT! Your pieces were read and shared with others. there’s honestly no real way to know the impact of them, except through others feedback. I KNOW for absolute FACT, one of your posts was spot on enough to force my little brother to take a good hard look at his political beliefs and his resultant treatment of me and George. It opened his eyes to his behavior and he apologized. Frankly, it was the first apology I have ever received from him. Did your piece change the world? It changed mine. May the coming year have enough hope, enough positive changes that you can see and know, as I do, that YES, YOU HAVE DONE ENOUGH.

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    • Suze, my dear friend, you have MADE MY DAY! When I first read your comment, I had to read it aloud to my daughter and granddaughter. To know that my words made someone stop and think is all that I ask. You have renewed my sense of purpose with this blog. THANK YOU so much!!! 💖

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  4. “but what did that really accomplish?”
    Our posts are acknowledged and read by a certain amount of people, Jill. They might agree or not but the message is out there. Maybe they talk to their spouses and/or kids about that theory by that weird blog lady and … word spreads, ideas spread. Bloggers with their humble little outreach are sometimes a better instrument for change than a protest march. The march is over after a few hours, forgotten after days. Your words are out there, for the whole world to read, and they will be there until your hoster croaks … or you. 😦
    Jill, we bloggers are a far greater thread to our gov’ts than a wild protest march.They don’t care about protests, they just send the police and the revolt is over. We deal in ideas, we deal in ideologies, which are far stronger in the long run.

    Happy New Year!
    xx

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    • You know what … ? You are right! I had forgotten that, albeit small, our blogs do have meaning, they do make a difference sometimes! Thank you so much for the timely reminder, my friend! Hugs and a Happy New Year to you!

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  5. Happy 2022 and beyond Jill. And to all your readers, their families, and their friends too. If you ever have time, I would like to hear about the processes you went through. Email is fine. A post is better.

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  6. I echo all your hopes Jill. May this next year bring some kind of ‘Normality’ to the American People and give them all the opportunity to be Proud of their Country again.May all the bad politicians be weeded out and suffer huge defeats on their Home Ground and where necessary may imprisonment follow to teach others limits beyond which they cannot go..
    May 2022 be a year of miracles and much happiness.

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