Each morning, Sausage and I get up, go through the usual morning ablutions, make breakfast and then we sit together and eat, whilst she watches CBeebies and I check my Facebook/Twitter/Gmail/blog stats (yes, I’m a compulsive stat checker. Judge if you want, I don’t care!). This morning I have noticed a running theme amongst my Facebook friends’ status updates and the general consensus is that 2010 was a shitty year for most people.
I was sitting here thinking “Well 2010 hasn’t been too bad for me”, and then I really thought about it, and I’m with everyone else. 2010 was SHIT. In the space of a year, we’ve lost many beautiful, important people, some after long illnesses, some who should never have been taken from us at this time. People who were just too damn important for us to know how we would live without them. We’ve coped, but we didn’t want to.
One thing that I would like to say is that, in the face of all of this loss and sadness, there have been a few people who have stood out as shining stars in a world of darkness. People who have taught me the true meaning of grace, hope and bravery. I would never, ever in a million years wish sadness upon any of these people, but I would like to thank them, from the bottom of my heart and soul, for showing me what strength looks like. 2010 has been a terrible year, but it has taught us all many things, and I can only pray that the people who is has been the hardest on can look forward to 2011 with hope.
I think that, at this time of year, it is only natural to look at the events which have broken our hearts and our spirit, and to feel angry and sad. But we could also look at how well we’ve dealt with these events and take some comfort in the fact that we’ve got a lot of the fighting spirit in us that we so admired in the ones we lost.
I was going to write this post as a dedication to the people we’ve lost in 2010, but I think I’ve changed my mind. I want to dedicate it to all the people who lost someone in 2010, the people who are still here and still holding their head up.
I hope 2011 is a better year for everyone.