This year is drawing to a close, and so it is time to think about the next. Let’s not fool ourselves: the challenges of 2020 are not just going to disappear as we turn to 2021. But a new year always comes with an opportunity to set an intention, and I would like to suggest we set an intention together:
Let’s make 2021 the year of engagement!
If 2020 has shown anything, it’s that the world has a ton of problems. But it has also shown that we can solve them. How do we solve them? By actively taking part in finding a solution. In this post, I want to give some suggestions on how every one of us can do that.
Engage with politics.
What is politics if not the art of convincing others of your ideas? If you ever had an idea about how something could be improved, then start talking about it! From whether or not your community should build more playgrounds, to how foreign aid should be distributed – all of it is politics.
Politics is done by getting active and outspoken about the things that matter to you. A democracy depends on its citizens engaging with it. Don’t deprive your democracy of your voice!
Engage with your community.
Everyone has a community. The year 2020, with its lock-downs and quarantines, has shown how important these communities are. Communities can be based on where you live, but they can really be anything you identify with.
Thanks to the internet, location is secondary. What isn’t secondary is you taking an active role. Communities don’t build themselves, so join in and get building. Why be content with talking about your values when you can live them every day?
Engage with the environment.
Protect a nest of turtle eggs, get a plant, go out and take walks in nature – there are countless ways of engaging with the environment. Going out and getting in touch with what is around us not only grows our empathy for other living things, it also deeply benefits us as individuals. Next year could be when you feel connected to everything again – and the best way to do that is to actively go out and touch it.
Help bring back the turtles by sponsoring a nest. Thank you very much!
Engage with yourself.
Isn’t it weird how easily we can completely neglect ourselves? Sometimes it happens on behalf of others, but more often than not it is just because we simply forget that we have needs, too.
When is the last time you checked in with yourself? Did something to support yourself? Chose to scrap the distractions or excuses and give yourself some space? Why not start 2021 by respecting who you are just a little bit more?
These are just suggestions, of course. The point is: People giving their active attention to things makes the world better. What do you want to give your attention to in 2021?
Happy New Year, everyone!