Looking back, I knew that 2021 was going to be a corker of a year. It just felt ‘right’ somehow. And after all the trouble we’d had during 2020, it certainly needed to earn its keep.
It was during February I first noticed that something had changed, not just changed really, transformed. I couldn’t put my finger on it at first and it took a while before I realised that somehow the colours of the landscape were brighter, more vibrant seeming to shimmer and glow whenever the sun shone brightly – which was frequently. It wasn’t long after that I noticed I could hear more birds and insects than I’d done for a long time. There was a definite hum in the air I hadn’t been aware of for many years.
At first I put it down to the changing season, assuming my memory was playing tricks on me and that it had always been like this. But when I spotted updates on social media about the same things I’d observed it wasn’t just me, more and more people were noticing it too.
It must have been around June that the mainstream media starting broadcasting about the emerging environmental phenomenon. I knew it was serious when they got David Attenborough on to ‘talk to the nation’. Serious in a good way I mean, not serious as in anyone doing anything wrong! How could we, clearly something was going in the right direction environmentally, for once.
The scientists were baffled and failed to come up with an adequate explanation, providing flimsy suggestions that the events of 2020 had given ‘nature a break’! I wasn’t fooled. It wasn’t the same as it had been, it was somehow ‘more’, it was as if everything was bigger, bolder and better. A shinier version of the old.
And so it continued, throughout the year we’ve seen other things changing too. People, nations even, are talking more. And instead of threats all we hear are compromise – good ones, not bad ones. The poor old media bods are having a right time of it as there’s very little to write about – after all their stock in trade of violence, crime and wrong-doing all seem to be dwindling down the proverbial plug hole at a rapid rate of knots.
And as the year draws to a close and we all settle down to celebrate I feel content in the knowledge this has been one of the good ones, in fact one of the best ever and somehow it feels like it’s all going to be good again next year! I’m looking forward to see what happens next, after all perhaps we can feed and clothe the entire world – now wouldn’t that be something to celebrate!
With love always