New Year, Schnew Year?
What's the saying again? New year, new possibilities.
Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Do I believe that to be true, though? It's a positive sentiment for sure. And normally, while giddy with the excitement (and intoxication! 😆) of ringing in a brand new year, my answer is usually a vehement yes to match the overall exuberant mood. But I'm not so sure this time as we're still living with COVID-19. Yes, vaccines are rolling out and that's brilliant. But for all the optimism surrounding that, I can't help but be reminded of something my folks would say when it comes to dealing with uncertain situations:
"Be hopeful, but realistic."
I think they're right, and that's why I'm choosing to remain "cautiously optimistic" about this whole thing. For now, anyway. No sense in getting illogically carried away just because we have a new calendar on our desks now. I mean, it isn't as though we've pressed some sort of reset button or anything.
If you're detecting a sullen tone in this piece, forgive me as I may be writing from a place of grief. Yes, still. There are times when raw emotions would just surface and ambush me, and although I'm getting better at masking it, there's a part of me that continues to feel the sting of loss. If I close my eyes now, I can see her right here in the living room with me (you know who I'm talking about if you've been following my blog). Settled into the couch with both her feet resting on the apricot-coloured footstool in front of her, and me slumped in my favourite spot on the floor, we'd chat about all sorts of things, sometimes well into the night. Or watch The Great British Bake Off, guessing who'd be named Star Baker and who'd get sent home. Or hark back to an analogue life before technology took over.
I've been talking about her a lot lately, haven't I?
So anyway, back to what I was saying earlier before I sidetracked...
I'm not trying to downplay the euphoria of ushering in the new year or whatever possibilities it could bring, but COVID-19 is a reality, as inconvenient as that may be. And I'm sorry if my point of view doesn't quite mirror yours, but I'm of the opinion that until we know exactly how efficacious these vaccines really are, it might be a bit too early to break out the champagne. You know?
That said, in spite of the pandemic, or maybe even because of it, I think we'll move forward this year with greater perspective on the things that really matter. If nothing else, I think that in itself is a silver lining.
Anyway, briefly onto another subject and then concluding:
A reader reached out to me recently after reading my review of Good Virtues Co. shampoo and asked if I could evaluate Love Beauty and Planet next. More specifically, she'd like my thoughts on its cruelty-free status. Well, the last few months have been rough and I haven't reviewed anything in that time, so yeah, maybe it'll do me good to write a review next. Love Beauty and Planet it is. Don't worry, I won't try to sell you anything - promise. As always, I'll just share my frank, unbiased opinion and tell you whether I think the brand is really cruelty-free - or not - based on my findings. Thanks, reader (let's call her Shampoo Girl, shall we?), for your request.
If you'd like to read the review, I invite you to check back soon. Give me a couple of weeks or so to do the research and try out the shampoo for myself before posting, OK?
For now, it's peace out from me. Take care and, for what it's worth, Happy New Year. 🙂✌🏻