Understatement of the Year: 2020 Didn’t Turn Out the Way I Planned

My wife and I started 2020 in northern England. We had been visiting friends. And now we were taking the train back to London. Our suitcases were too big for the train – anything bigger than a small backpack is too big. On that scale, ours were gigantic.  A nice conductor told us to hop off the train at the next stop and run with our luggage to first class where there would be room for our luggage. We didn’t quite make it to first class before the train took off again. We scrambled back on. At least there was room in the corridor to stand with our luggage. But every time somebody had to go to the WC, we had to move out of the way.

We returned to Washington State, not too much worse for wear. My wife soon headed to northern MN for time with her elderly father. I started looking for a new contract.

Then we found ourselves in the midst of a pandemic. And all Heck broke loose. I started Mother May I shopping. Mother May I Take a step forward? Mother May I bag my groceries?

Various topics became the theme of the year – Pandemic, Climate Change, Black Lives Matter.

I did find a contract six months later. In that regard I’m lucky, since many became unemployed this year. And it was a contract which I could work totally remotely. So, doubly lucky.

My personal plan was to get the house in shape to put on the market. We would then sell it and move to Hawaii. The house needed a lot of work. Plus we’d be living there for like forever, so we had to sort through stuff and figure out what we were moving and what we were selling or giving away. We got help with that. A couple would come by, pick up most items from us and try to sell them. Sometimes they made enough that they  shared some of the profits with us.

The house did sell towards the end of the year. And the new owners could use whatever furniture we didn’t want. So we got rid of even more.

But now we had to be out of the house in a month and we still hadn’t secured a place in Hawaii. Hawaii limited who could visit. Well, anyone could visit, but they had to quarantine in a hotel for two weeks. Now, you can get a COVID test and skip the quarantine. I hear that Kauai still requires the quarantine.

We realized we couldn’t make the transition to Hawaii before we had to be out of the house. So my wife went to her fathers (and sisters). I joined them later.

We lost a dear friend and a couple of relatives last year. None due to COVID.

We ended up in a place with an opposite clime to Hawaii.

I had planned to write and publish several books last year. Lack of Time and COVID trauma limited what I could accomplish on that front. I did get 5 books published. I wrote two more which I’ll talk about in a later post.

  • #99: Invulnerable (About a Superhero who is …)
  • #100: Solutions Galore
  • #101:  Graduation Day Ja Vu
  • #102: Packing Petite
  • #103: Triangulated Love

So,  my dreams didn’t come true. And I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on that. I should have been focusing on the 90% that did come true. Yet, it’s like when my wife and I were climbing Picacho Peak several years ago. Lots of people, mostly children would come by in the opposite direction. As they passed, they’d tell us that we were almost there. When we finally arrived at the top, I looked for that gnome who was people people to say that. I never did find it. We were almost at the top. We were 90% of the way there. Yet that last 10% was the hardest. Life can seem that way sometimes.

This year we plan to get to Hawaii. We took a pause for the Holidays. And I’m sure other things will pop up that we’ll need to focus on.  Now that I’ve written those two books, I’ll be editing them and getting them ready for publication. Three narrators are working on Audio Books for me. I’ll need to review their work. I also have several more audiobooks I’ll need narrated. And I should spend some time marketing my books.

Work will be busy. Long days will be normal. Plus when we move, I’ll need to find a break in the work schedule to have time to make the move.

And in our free time, of which there won’t be any, we need to find time to relax. We need to find time to spend time with each other and with distant friends and family. We need to chill out. We need to let our minds be filled with heavenly things and beauty. And if we’re shown a way to bring those things into this world, we need to do so.

And once we move, we need to spend time on the beach. Not everyone has access to a beach. But somehow they need to find a place where they can believe that they are in Paradise, if only for a few hours.

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