A good year coming

control tower at sunset

Welcome to 2021, a new year and a new chance to get things done. Whether you realise it or not, you are already in a better position than when last year started.

It seems most people will be back at work (of some sort) from tomorrow (11 January), and then the claw back to some kind of financial stability begins. It begins and will happen during uncertain times.

Now, knowing that we are all facing an uncertain future, how can I say this will be a good year? Well, when 2020 began none of us were anticipating what was coming. It was just another new year and just another ticking of the clock. The way it unfolded was … dramatic.

Now, in 2021, we start without blindfolds – but face masks, with some sense of what we are dealing with and many months of coping mechanisms in place to deal with our situation. This doesn’t mean things will be easy or any kind of simple, it means we are tougher, we have found ways to adapt and we are moving ahead.

We are stronger.

Yes, we live in interesting times, yes we are dealing with some bewildering situations and yes, we don’t know what is going to happen next, but we are better equipped and adapted to deal with it.

We have heard rumours of another presidential address likely being imminent. We’ve been circulating videos of rangers chasing surfers off the beach and we’ve heard stories about a helicopter being employed to chase down a kitesurfer. There are stories doing the rounds of a harder, more restrictive lockdown looming, that one of the proposed vaccines produces an HIV+ test result (a false positive test result, not an HIV infection), of the great and the good continuing with their lives despite the restrictions and miracle drugs that are very far from appearing on the approved list.

We have heard and seen all of these things and more – and more will come to light in the coming days and weeks. We’ve been banned from the beaches, our Christmas was what we could make of it and New Year celebrations were mostly a subdued affair. We will be left amazed, bemused, angry and bewildered through much of what comes this year. If we keep focus though, we will cope and we will manage, with the potential of emerging stronger and wiser.

While we are battling the current increase in pandemic infections, we look to countries like Australia that have ordered 104,000,000 vaccine doses for their 22,000,000 citizens … while here in South Africa the expectation is for something like 10% of the 58,000,000 population having access to a vaccine somewhere between April and June.

So, strap in, put in your mouthguard and make sure your helmet is firmly in place, we’re in for a bumpy ride – but it should be interesting all the way through.

On a final note, if you’re currently involved in a digital migration that is seeing the multitudes of WhatsApp users flocking to Telegram so their private information isn’t gobbled up by that international social media platform Facebook, I’ve got news for you. They’ve got all your personal information already. A simple update of their Terms and Conditions isn’t going to change anything and, I’m willing to bet, you’ll make the leap and then be back on WhatsApp and sharing photos on Facebook within the next 10 days.

Author: Morné Condon

Automotive journalist in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, following new models, old cars, car clubs and motorsport. My interests are not restricted to the automotive environment, although this is where I am mostly to be found.

2 thoughts on “A good year coming”

  1. We gave up our freedom the day Facebook launched. Prior to that we fiercely guarded our privacy online – remember the good old days of furiously trying to work out just who was behind THAT forum name?

    On a lighter note your title reminds me of the old joke: Question: “How many condoms in a tyre?” Answer: “365 in a Good Year”

    1. I think a large part of our online privacy pre-Facebook was not down to active guarding, more because there was not the strong push from social media platforms to actively extract all the information they could get. The more they asked, the more we provided, with little regard for the consequences.

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