2021 Retrospective

So how did 2021 treat you? Better than 2020? I thought so, cause I want to say “no” and I guess most of us say the same… The first lockdowns and regulations was actually easy, the second wave turned out to be shit cause all of us had one summer in freedom before it started again, and from their… 2021 actually never went 100% normal.

On top of that I managed to end 2021, the week with all the plans, locked up at home caused by Covid and in my case, Delta. You know the story, Negative on the 10th of December, positive 13th of December and the 23rd, to turn negative again on the 28th. All the days, with plans, from the 17th of December until the 29th spoiled. Not what’s needed for charge to enter into a January at work with SO much to do and fights to fight.

Let us say I enter 2022 with the same feeling as ending 2021 – “What is this shit”.

But how was 2021 then? Started well, the three first months was actually positive and some kind of future glowing at the end of the tunnel. And I say that even if it was snowing in Paris, enough to stay on the ground even. Nightmare to be honest. Why no one have built a huge roof over all countries in risk for snow remains a mystery. After the 3 months I have no idea what happened but life took a U turn, mainly the work situation, and still there…

May, I bought a bike, best thing ever. I also guess it was the step to take to not catch covid before I entered the Metro again in December. But fact is, mindset from Sweden, you do not bike in winter. So “Laila” (the bike) is now under cover in the courtyard. But I might change the mindset and actually give her a makeover and fix some things on her to work in winter as well. But clothing is the big problem to cycle wintertime, not the vehicle.

I also got in a good, boring but good, wave of actually get a gym routine, which of course was trashed when I watched covid. Will start 2022 trying to get back to the mindset of diet and treadmills. I was SO close to the goal so giving up or more correct “stop to care” is most likely the correct option.

On the travel front not much news, Brussels and Geneva, both cause of work. I need 14 days on a beach, alone, with a book and just burn in the sun, get back red and get 1000 unwanted advises not to stay in the sun.

2021 also turned out to be the second year when my brother needed to cancel his 50 year birthday party, so I guess that won’t happen either. I also managed to not go to Sweden at all… Not actually so sad as it sound, more stress and bad conscience to not have been there, but at the same time to blame covid for not going been acceptable for everyone. “I don’t want to” is tougher to get as an approved reason.

I also managed to secure tickets for Mylénes “Never more” concert. Not received them yet, but I got an email that the sending of the tickets is delayed cause the staff posting them can’t work as normal caused by Covid.

That said, 2021 turned out to be a shit year, actually worse than 2020 (looking at my own life). Let us see what 2022 will bring us. The start with mandatory home working is good, then we will see what the new management will do about the situation. I hope for a more modern view of working, kind of drag my workplace into the 2020s, even if it is kicking and screaming. Take French worklife and shake it up a bit.

But the first 3 months is destined to be a nightmare – thanks heaven I still live in Paris which actually right now is what doing it all bearable.

A 2021 Gallery