I’ve just posted my highlights of 2023, and I’m very aware of my privilege. For many people, their 2023 was a really difficult year.
It’s ok if all you did this year is survive.
It’s ok if your highlight reel comprised of seeing a beautiful sunset and enjoying a cup of tea, rather than grand statements of achievements.
To everyone struggling right now – I see you. So many people I know are doing it tough, with disabling barriers and bodies and minds, the impacts of Covid, the cost of living crisis, housing and job insecurity, racism, transphobia, abusive behaviour from others, grief and loss (and more); plus the sheer fatigue, worry and uncertainty of living through the last almost four years of a global pandemic. It’s exhausting.
As the violent conflicts in the Middle East and Sudan continue, and the division the conflicts are creating through the world, I wish for peace, for the violence to end and for safety and a chance to rebuild. The loss of lives, homes and history is devastating, and to what end?
I hope you can celebrate the small wins and rest for what’s left of 2023; and I hope your 2024 is brighter,happier, easier and safer. I am hopeful.
Image: a small bouquet of colourful flowers in a jar. Black text on purple background reads “It’s ok if all you did this year is survive.” in the top right, and “@CarlyFindlay” in the bottom left.