(Can it be) A Happy New Year?
Happy New Year, 2022!
Can we even say that? I mean, do we dare expect 2022 to be a happy year after the past two?
Yes, I know there were a few good happenings in 2020 and 2021, but I just can’t think of many right now.
The past two years have been dominated by a virus that took us by surprise, presenting different lives and behaviours previously unknown.
T.S.Elliot wrote, “For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice.”
And so I have compiled a list of ‘last year’s language’ for us to ponder and maybe shudder over:
Wuhan, Covid, virus, pandemic, Coronavirus, symptoms, vaccination, antivaxx, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, infections, deaths, border closures, outbreaks, cancellations, boosters, Omicron….
And, to counteract those words, here are just a few hopeful suggestions for the language of ‘another voice’ in 2022:
Immunity, cure, normal, bliss, happiness….
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