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The year that wasn’t

By Danié Gómez-Ortigoza

December 16, 2020

I opened the winter clothes container,  like I do every year before I go on vacation. However this time it was different. In-between layers of clothing, I found a confined story; a time capsule.

The memories of how different the world felt at this same time a year ago: this emotional blow, came to me at the same time I said goodbye to my father who was visiting after a long time without being able to come to the USA.  ‘Soon we will see him again’, I tell my heartbroken children, even tough deep inside I know that my most significant learning this year has been that we should not trust the future.

All we have left is to swallow the fear and the emotion triggered by that empty feeling of not knowing, because that’s the only way to be ok for those of us who are far from those we love most.

The next visit is a perpetual question mark.


And today the Posadas begin. This indigenous celebration mixed with Catholicism to say goodbye to the year reminds us that good always triumphs over evil. It is a way of cleaning ourselves from our sins; our mistakes. Or more simply said, of the condition of being human. I’m thinking about all the silent heroes that have helped make this year what it is for those of us who are still healthy, and haven’t lost any loved ones. Today more than ever I think of them. We’ll never know who they are, and yet they have shaped our lives. However, the future is uncertain, but perhaps it always has been, even if we pretended not to know. Days go by like water, and it’s hard to find purpose sometimes. I keep braiding intentions.

What if I told you that your dreams, your actions, and your intentions really do make a difference, after life has been dedicated the year to make you think they don’t?

If I were to seriously tell you that, what would you think? What would you ask for?

We are not the same as we were before, but it is time to define who we will be now.

Thanks for reading me. Thank you for being part of this story.

Good health, much love and above all  lots of hope and blessings for the year ahead.  May you live with intention.

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