The last Share your World for 2020 – Here are my answers
Pick three words to describe this past year. (please keep them PG. Thanks).
Weird Challenging Frightening
What were the best books you read this year? Or the best movie you saw?
“Becoming” by Michelle Obama – loved this inspirational book.
“Eve’s War” by Evelyn Shillington. I really enjoy stories about World War II when they’re written from the civilian point of view. I found this diary very interesting and it gave me fresh respect for how ordinary people coped in very trying times. Our grandparents and great-grandparents did not complain, they simply ‘did their bit’ and supported each other through great hardship. Coping with COVID is not half as stressful and we have so much to help us through it.
“The Louder I will sing” by Lee Lawrence – Another inspirational story about a young boy who witnessed his mother being shot during a police raid of their home. He and his family suffered greatly as a result of this but he rose above it, took care of his mother and fought for an apology and compensation after her death. It’s an awesome story.
On a lighter note – “I’m just a Teenage Punchbag” by Jackie Clune really made me laugh. It’s a book that does not end the way you would expect. Just loved it!
My best movie is “The Life of Pi” – but I watched it on an aeroplane last year. I read the book years ago and have seen the film two or three times but I only really ‘got’ it this time. It is deep!
Because there was lots of time for looking inward, what is one big personal lesson you learned this past year?
You never know what might happen. A rumour that you dismiss as nonsense could well turn out to be true. Sometimes the unbelievable becomes a reality.
Do you think Covid has strengthened or weakened societal bonds?
Social bonds have weakened. It isn’t easy to connect with friends and colleagues. Children have not been able to connect with their friends because there has been no sport, no playdates and no attending school. We are all social distancing and keeping in touch via social media is just not the same.
But it hasn’t been all bad. Families have spent more time together and given each other support. Some kids have enjoyed online school and have become more focussed on their education.
Coping with this pandemic has its positives and negatives. It’s harder for some than others but in the end this too shall pass.
GRATITUDE SECTION (Optional of course):
I am grateful that my daughter tested negative for COVID. I am grateful to be surrounded by all my children and grandchildren over the holiday season in spite of the restrictions that are now in place in South Africa. We are fortunate to be in a safe place where we can still enjoy each other.
What is a New Year’s Wish You’d Like To Share With the World?
May the New Year bring an end to this Pandemic and may the world have the wisdom and strength to do what they need to do to flatten the curve. May 2021 have us all adapting positively to a new normal.