The Past 12 Months

It’s hard to deny the past 12 months have been hard on billions of people around the world. I saw a post this evening from a friend on Facebook of their struggles and how they had been able to take a trip to be with friends and family and how it was a huge relief for them. Tammi and I love to travel. We do not care if it’s for work or fun, we just love to go places together. Starting in the Fall of 2020 we ventured to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and that was our first trip since the first week of March 2020 aside from a few short trips to West Virginia during the year. In December we spent the week before Christmas with family in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In January, another week in Fort Myers, Florida area to visit friends and get away just before I started my new job with Cricut. Last night we returned from our annual anniversary trip to celebrate 10 years of marriage. This year we celebrated our anniversary and the amazing weather in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We’re slowly getting back into travel and starting to enjoy life again, although travel is not as simple with COVID-19 restrictions and requirements that started one year ago.

Tonight another friend shared a video on Facebook of a drumline performing and it reminded me of the video below I had seen several years ago. That brought back memories of Social Media being filled of wonderful things. Sure, there has always been arguments, political and social division and other issues, but nothing to the degree we have witnessed the past year. Cancel Culture, attacks, and more were experienced at a level beyond anything in history.

I am hopeful that 2021 will bring back normalcy to everyday life for most if not all of us, but also hopeful it will return love, kindness, and hope to social media. Whether we like it or not, Social Media is likely to be a part of our lives, for the rest of our lives. Let’s not continue to abuse it’s presence and let’s use it to just extend our everyday lives. Just because we’re behind a keyboard doesn’t mean we shouldn’t treat others with the same respect and courtesy as in real life. I hope you take a few minutes to watch the video below, even if you do not like drums, and think back just a year or so when social media was a much kinder place where we all learned to connect with people and share much more meaningful content than the hate and anger we see today that results from the political and social divide. Even the past year has plenty of good, but it’s been overshadowed by the bad. Watch the video below. Get lost in it for 6 minutes and 22 seconds. Remember the good things Social Media has brought to us over the past 10-15 years we would not have otherwise. Now, go find a video, meaningful saying or quote, song, or a meme that made you laugh before 2020 and COVID-19 and share with the world. Be sure to set your post setting to Public when you do so others may be inspired to share it, as well. This is how we change social media.

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