Twenty-twenty has been a whirlwind of a year that most of us look forward to ending. Despite life-jolting events and an on-again-and-off-again lifestyle, there was much to learn to change for the better. With the COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use, new leadership in the U.S., and 2021 just around the corner, we see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re not out of the woods yet, though. So, here are five ways to celebrate the new year at home.
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1. Get Ready for the Ox
I love life sciences, but I do find myself attracted to astrology — both Eastern and Western. At the end of each year, I can’t help but look up which sign the next year will be. Recently, I was intrigued to read about 2020 being the year of the metal rat and 2021 being the year of the metal ox. Here is my interpretation of the readings.
In the Chinese zodiac, the rat is the first of 12 signs and represents renewal. It is optimistic, curious, clever, energetic, quick, stingy, and content with living in peace & quiet. Metal is 1 of 5 elements and signifies purposefulness, determination, and strength.
Twenty-twenty was forecasted to be an erratic year of obstacles and new beginnings that would bring success to those who took advantage of opportunities. Unforeseeable challenges obligated many of us to think positively and on our feet, resort to and carefully use resources and skills, and adapt to much less in-person interaction. We looked into alternatives ways to make and save money and make life as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
The ox is the second sign (only because it was kind enough to give the rat a ride on its back during the race to the emperor). It is easy-going, humble, sincere, dutiful, methodical, hard-working, and dependable. Twenty-twenty-one is predicted to require self-discipline and diligence to reap any benefit; one should follow through with projects started and bring them to fruition.
If the years could be summed up in a few words, 2020 seemed to say, “Make it work,” while 2021 seems to say, “Work” or “Keep working — hard.” Come February 2021, prepare to be strong as an ox.
2. Practice “Out with the Old”
Clear the path for the new year by decluttering your home and mind.
Go through storage spaces, such as cabinets, closets, and the garage, and pull out unused items. Recycle papers, such as envelopes, brochures, and pamphlets; shred well and properly dispose sensitive documents that no longer need to be filed. If not reusing items, consider selling them online, trading them at a thrift store, or donating them to charity. Rearrange or reorganize belongings and purge negative memories and thoughts along the way.
3. Practice “In with the New”
Take chances to explore new avenues and be creative.
If the old ways of doing things are no longer working, try new ones. Assess budget and day-to-day processes. Eliminate expenses and steps that can be done without. Try new ways to live day-to-day in this Pandemic Life and optimize life & leisure by maintaining the health of your Mind, Body, and Spirt in The Great Indoors and keeping entertained by cooking Easy Eats, going on Tasty Trips, and engaging in DIY Upcycling fun.
4. Tune In & Connect
Catch a year-end summary or New Year’s special on television, or watch a romance comedy like “New Year’s Eve” or a cartoon like “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!”
Get on a video call with friends and family and count down to midnight together. If they live in places that are ahead of your time zone, you can do it earlier.
5. Party – Well, Like It’s 2020
While practicing “out with the old” and “in with the new,” and before video-calling family and friends to count down to midnight together, listen and dance to music.
I compiled these playlists, using Spotify, and selected songs as they came to mind. Everyone has different music preferences, so feel free to listen to other playlists or compile your own, using a digital music service, too.
Twenty-twenty has been a tumultuous year, but we seem to be turning the corner. Look forward to the road ahead. Be hopeful that it will lead to greener pastures yet stay level-headed and focused. Have a safe happy new year! Thank you for reading — Scout