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Goodbye 2021: A Letter From Lydia

A letter from Lydia to you.

Let me start by saying I hope that you had an amazing Christmas and were able to spend it surrounded by those you love! Secondly…how is it already the end of 2021?! It feels as though it only begun yesterday! It’s actually crazy for me to think about how quickly this year has gone! 

And although it feels like this year has flown by, there is also so much that has happened. 

I don’t know what this year looked like for you. As a whole, as a world, I would say this year we’ve had to deal with the aftermath of what 2020 was. We have taken baby steps forward into a new ‘normal’ with there still being a lot of physical isolation from loved ones. 2021 for many, was still a very different year. 

For me, 2021 was a huge rollercoaster. I had the sweetest moments, met the most incredible people, who I’m sure will be in my life for the long haul. I was able to develop and build on important relationships I have in my life and was able to step out of my comfort zone to do things I’d only dreamt about before. It truly was filled with a lot of growth and so many beautiful moments that I know I will treasure for years to come. 

On the flip side, amongst all these beautiful moments, I also faced a season of confusion and uncertainty. At points I felt as though I had lost all belief in myself. I felt like the passion I once had, had been drained from me. There were moments where I felt I had lost faith. I felt very lost in who I was. 

There was no ‘one moment’ that caused this confusion and uncertainty to happen, it was a mix of many things. But for a while I let these negative feelings blur out the good and beautiful moments I had experienced this year.

The reason I’m sharing both the good and bad parts of my year is because I know I’m not alone. I know that many of you out there have also experienced this rollercoaster of a year and are unsure how to describe 2021 for yourselves. If this is how you feel, know you are not alone. Know that even if it feels like a rollercoaster right now, it will get better.

My advice for you would simply be to not let the bad days blur out the good ones. If I’ve learnt anything this year it’s that, its okay to have bad days and bad moments. Totally fine! But instead of letting them define you, take a note from them, and move forward because they can’t hold you down. 

As we take a step into the new year let’s hold onto the memories & beautiful moments we’ve experienced and let’s take lessons from the difficult things we’ve had to face in 2021. Let’s walk forward thankful for the seasons we’ve faced and the growth that’s come from them. Let’s get excited for all that is to come!

From all of us here at ESC, we are praying that your 2022 will be filled with so much love, joy & happiness. But for now let us just say, goodbye 2021.

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Lydia is the Founder & director of Every Season Counts. She is the eldest of 10, meaning that she has 9 younger siblings; 4 sisters & 5 brothers! She is passionate about all things photography and loves design.

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