Auld Lang Syne, 2021: The Year in Review

A decorative image with a black background and metallic stars in each corner with text that reads "Goodbye Forever, 2021!" in honor of New Years' Eve 2021.

2021 is coming to an end. Translation: It’s New Years’ Eve, and to keep with the spirit of this blog, it’s time for another Year in Review post. In case you missed it, here’s last year’s post. As far as news reports go, we’ve seen the release of the COVID vaccines. Understandably, there was some hesitancy, since vaccines are usually stuck in the clinical trials for years on end, and this one was released in a year, give or take. Since the vaccine went through a ton of testing before we could all get it, I can’t help but wonder why it takes so long for other vaccines to make it to the market. That’s a story for another time, yay or nay?

I was one of those who was hesitant at first. I decided that when it was my turn, I’d be getting it. My grandma was one of the people who got first dibs on the vaccine in February. I got mine in July, and while the side effects were brutal for me in the first dose, and the second dose was even worse for me, I have no regrets. Readers, and anyone who finds this, really, get the vaccine if you haven’t done so, and you’re able to.

The year barely even started when supporters of the former president engaged in domestic terrorism and six people died, including Brian Sicknick. Some of these supporters had been following extremist groups and ideas. Over 700 participants in the riots are facing legal charges, and a good thing.

Let’s hope the judges throw the books at them.

We’ve lost quite a few people this year, including Desmond Tutu, Cicely Tyson, Grace Mirabella, bell hooks, John Madden, Harry Reid, Bob Dole, Larry Sellers, Stonewall Jackson, and Norman Lloyd. Rest in peace to all.

We also lost Betty White, as of this news report from CNN, released just today. Rest in peace to you too, and thank you for being a friend.

We also saw some great things originally scheduled for last year, like the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. I only listened to the highlights on Roku as background noise in the time I had for my day job and this blog. I don’t even remember who won what at this point. Until I started working on this post, I completely forgot about it.

We also welcomed Lilibet Diana, Meghan and Harry’s youngest, and they shared a family photo of the four of them together for the holidays! I’m loving it so much! After they stepped down from their roles in the Royal Family, they’ve mainly kept to themselves, and let their kids live their lives outside the media cameras. Understandable for sure, the way I figure it.

On a personal note, I’m truly at a loss for words as to how horrible this year has been for me. For the first time in my life, I’m absolutely speechless. It’s hitting me like a ton of bricks now that it’s all over. I spent the better part of the past two years being a caregiver with nonexistent support until a hospice care team stepped up to the plate in the last several months of her life, and while this was going on, I’ve been job searching hardcore for a year now. That’s right. I’ve been looking for another job since my current role isn’t anywhere near enough to make ends meet for. A. YEAR.

On top of all of that, there was one member of her care team that had mistreated her. I won’t get into the specifics, and I didn’t know just how bad he was toward her until I saw him in action during the night. I’m gonna call him “Gary” in the e-book, but anyhow, my mom said that Gary was a jerk to her, and I wrote it off as that. I won’t get into the specifics on the night I dealt with him on the phone when she needed help after a fall. She heard him yelling at me on the phone to do this and that, and she said no. She knew that his demands would only make matters worse for her. He came to the house, and long story short, he treated her with total disregard when he looked her over, then he threw a literal tantrum at me. We’re talking a next-level screaming fit, and Gary was easily the size of a pro basketball player. He knew neither of us could fight back, and that was it. I drew that line.

I made sure my mom never had to deal with that little puke again, and that was the last she ever saw of him.

I’ve gone into the horrible job interview with a neighborhood chain restaurant I applied at a week after the move. I felt like it could be something else to tide me over until I found another job. I was beyond over-qualified for it, but I wasn’t too proud to take it on and help them out. After the way the manager treated me, I knew for sure I wasn’t moving forward with them. If they wanted me, I’d turn them down.

Six months later, they had the gall to text me to tell me to check my inbox for the next steps. Big shocker, they turned me down. No worries. I wouldn’t work for that company after their manager did me like that, even if they were to cut him loose.

They were one opportunity out of many, and they obviously didn’t need the help that bad anyway.

I’m thankful I never have to see or deal with any of those horse dicks ever again, and I’m thankful my application with them didn’t work out in the end. Avoiding them will be like shooting fish in a barrel, since they haven’t been part of my diet since high school. Whatever’s still safe for me to have there, it’s nothing I can’t make myself, haha.

This whole year sucked donkey balls. My holiday season has been nothing but wretched, rotten garbage. I’ve made a litter box cake as my (and my mom’s) Fuck You to this year. I’ll be having my New Years’ Eve Good Riddance party, a little tradition I started up for myself back in college.

What are your plans for New Years’ Eve? I hope it’s parties and vacations for you! If so, tell me all about it. I’d love to hear all about it. If not, no worries! I’d still love to hear about your plans. Drop ’em all below like they’re hot, and let’s talk.

Readers, and anyone who finds this, I hope your holiday season and your new year’s a thousand times better than mine.

That said, cheers!

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