by Gemma Preston

It is the start of a new year and I, like most people, will be glad to see the back of 2020.

2020 was a difficult year for many people and there will be difficulties for some time still, which makes some resolutions, particularly those in relation to travel and socialising a lot more difficult to make and I have decided to not make specific resolutions this year as inevitably, I fail at them quite quickly. My goal to eat no chocolate does not usually last more than 1 day.

However, with all the difficulties of 2020, there is a lot to be grateful for. We had the opportunity to slow down and appreciate a walk in the park a lot more than we have ever done so far, particularly as it was often the only thing to do. Each day I am grateful that my loved ones are health and with me and safe. I am grateful for everyone working together to help and it was nice to hear and witness so many people helping each other out in times of need.

This year I plan to take even more time to be grateful for all the positives in life, however small, such as already being able to see spring bulbs and each days getting lighter that little bit longer. I will be grateful when I can hug my loved ones again and when we can all be reunited in a pub with a glass of wine. I will be grateful that each day, we are closer and closer to life returning to what we once knew.