What a journey 2020 has been. This time last year we were camped on the South Australian Yorke Peninsula. Bushfires were raging through parts of Australia and there was a sense of foreboding in the air. In my first post, written from our van in Marion Bay, I chose Clarity as the word for 2020. However, little did any of us know what was to follow.
Opportunities and Timing
In late February we spent five timely days escorting Canadian blogger Cyranny and her partner to some of our favourite places in the Grampians and along the Great Ocean Road. I wrote about our adventures in my column “When wishes become real” and now, ten months later, it’s finally appeared in the Summer 2020/2021 edition of On the Road Magazine. What a cycle life is.
In mid March, just weeks after their return Covid turned the world on its heels as international borders closed and travel plans worldwide were cancelled. Overnight cities and countries closed down. In March I wrote five posts reminiscing on our recent trips. It was virtual travel at its purest as the real thing ground to a halt.
May saw us in lockdown and for many it was a time of going inward and appreciating the gifts and blessings close to home. Walks every day, photos taken along the way, capturing moments of peace and joy and the miracles of nature would ultimately turn into my first ebook.
Every challenge contains with it the seeds of opportunity and growth.
In June we had a short reprieve from lockdown and over three weekends we made the most of our freedom going away with friends to the beach and enjoying a couple of camping adventures. It was all about taking in the good.
Life is all about grabbing those opportunities when they present themselves and not taking anything for granted.
Then ‘the second wave’ hit and we were plunged into even stricter stay at home restrictions. Fast forward through winter, into September, October and finally, after a marathon 111 days our confinement was lifted.
Reflecting on the Illusion of Reality
It’s interesting looking back. Whilst for me, writing from home, I was relatively unaffected and cocooned, life in Melbourne’s CBD became unrecognisable. A ghost city with surveillance, curfews, isolation, fines, closures, a rogue imported police force, masks and mind control … the latest (believe it or not) is a ban on New Year’s Eve kisses, despite NO cases in Victoria for over two months. A cross between The Truman Show and George Orwell’s 1984? I had to turn it all off.
I stopped watching mainstream news and indeed all television months ago. I took myself away from the repetitive and manipulated fear mongering of the mainstream media. Life has become simpler and less stressful.
In fact, when the box of programming is turned off and we decide to do our own research and trust our intuition, suddenly the spell is broken and things begin to make sense. We start to discern what’s real and what is illusion. The veil is lifted.
For me, reality is a show in which I’m the star. That’s not ego speaking, it’s simply acknowledging our own power and authenticity. It’s living in the moment, feeling deeply and opening our heart to the energies of the Universe. It’s being true to ourselves, regardless of what anyone else thinks. Passion, feeling intensely and expressing ourselves is part of that.
Outside of myself I know that what’s real is what is in nature: animals, mountains, the earth, fire and water, all the natural elements that we connect with and that realigns us with source and our self.
Clarity is the moment we see without opening our eyes and when we look into our heart. As Carl Jung says “who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakens.”
There’s change in the air, I can feel it, the winds of a new timeline are here, skies are bright and clear and somehow life seems calmer. Outside my home I also sense peace. But it’s not complacent. Many of us are aware of what we lost this year and that it could have been much worse.
Unexpected Gifts and Lessons
What has 2020 taught us? I believe it’s brought us many unexpected gifts and lessons. It’s taught us to slow down, to appreciate the little things. It’s taught us work-life balance and to take stock of what matters. It’s taught us to be proactive in our own self care, seeing the importance of honouring ourself. It’s given us time to contemplate and see with different eyes, a clearer perspective. Maybe that’s the basis of clarity.
As the year ends, as we let go of all that’s gone before us and look forward, I feel a quiet but profound sense of optimism. Huge change is imminent and some of what’s coming will rock our world and what we’ve always believed in. But stand grounded in your own strength, because the outside narratives no longer need to take us off course. Remembering to keep the faith amongst the uncertainty is part of the ride.
This is a time to live in love and gratitude, to let go of limiting beliefs and give thanks for all we have and all we are. When we recognise our sovereignty in the grand picture we take responsibility for our own story and our own future.
Here’s to making 2021 a big comeback year, one that’s as epic and amazing as it is unwritten.. Let’s take what we learnt and rewrite the story, where the prize is love, unity and healing. We’re all in the same adventure, we might be in different scenes but we can each be a scriptwriter, so flip the script and let’s write a blockbuster. Shine brightly and never play small.
“WE are the creators, WE hold the power, WE are the ones who manifest our ever unfolding reality”. JC Kay. Let’s make that reality as clear, as meaningful and as magnificent as we can.
Happy new year everyone. Let the adventure continue.
In love and light