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Another Year Gone in a Blink of an Eye

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Dec. 20, 2021

Photo: “Leona meets Marcel Duchamp’s Mechanical Bride” mechanical pencil, digital collage

Eleven days left until 2022 has me reflecting on the year that was basically navigated on autopilot. “May you live in interesting times,” a saying from ancient times that is quoted many times in the forums by bravo1102, most definitely will apply to these years. Plagues in antiquity will never get old from the Plague of Justinian to the Bubonic Plague to the Dancing Plague. We have successfully landed in a time in history that will most likely be written about in fifty years.

This year started with a glimpse of hope for a light at the end of the tunnel and as soon as people started returning to work, I started to come to terms that returning back to the daily grind was not going to be the same for everyone.

Before a sense of normalcy was established in the general population, it was forecast that there would be two groups of thinking: those that wanted to resume life as it was in 2019 and those that were looking for a clean break to do something completely different.

I remember returning to my day job last Spring, flabbergasted at the quick return to life before lockdown and amazed at how quickly the return to normal was expected. By Autumn, it was clear that I had personal limitations for external expectations and it was clear that I needed to take a break from the nine to five and to jump back in when I have recharged.

The holidays are a perfect time for that, so stock up on hot tea, hot coffee, and hot chocolate. This is the time for hibernation and rest and relaxation.

Happy holidays, Ducks!

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cdmalcolm1 at 11:25AM, Dec. 22, 2021

Thanks everyone. This battle is brutal. Again, protect yourself, your families and friends. Kawaiidaigakusei, I’m taking your advice and cozy up to some warm stuff.

Ozoneocean at 8:34PM, Dec. 20, 2021

That's terrible Cdmalcolm1 :(

hushicho at 6:01PM, Dec. 20, 2021

"May you live in interesting times" was, very appropriately, a curse.

Jason Moon at 1:35PM, Dec. 20, 2021

@cdmalcolm1 - I'm sorry to hear that man! I hope you guys feel better soon! Looking forward to more of your art in the future*

Banes at 12:48PM, Dec. 20, 2021

cdmalcolm - Wishing you all the best. I truly hope you will both recover and get through this

PaulEberhardt at 12:47PM, Dec. 20, 2021

2021 was another year that, like 2020, showed us that we don't rule nature in the least. A tiny bugger of a bat virus is enough to topple it all, more or less. In my teaching job nothing has been quite as it should be at any point, and it won't. I'm not complaining that nothing ever works and involves way more hours and largely unnecessary stuff that we don't get paid for properly - that counts as normal in this line of work - but it's grinding down everyone's nerves, including the students, who are on the brink of mutiny. Can't say I blame them.

PaulEberhardt at 12:36PM, Dec. 20, 2021

@cdmalcolm1: I'm so sorry for both of you. All the best to you and your wife. Get well soon.

cdmalcolm1 at 9:09AM, Dec. 20, 2021

Can’t say the same. My wife and I have been working throughout this whole ordeal, so I can only say it’s been very hard. After almost s 2 years, of nothing happening to us, we both got COVID a little over a week ago. My wife has pneumonia caused by the virus. Both of us are sick as a dog and have been out of it. Both not working now which not only cancel us doing Christmas with fam we can’t even put together money for Christmas gifts for family. Right now, recovering is all we can do. Drinking tea and hot soups is about all we can do. Might be a busted Christmas but at least we have each other. Stay protected folks. This “thing” is one of the worst type of cold, flu, or virus I have every dealt with. You don’t ever want a full blown version of this. Stay, positive and merry. Love your family and friends.

Andreas_Helixfinger at 8:29AM, Dec. 20, 2021

Happy holidays, Kawaii! Gonna follow your advice, make some hot rooibos tea and chillax;)

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