HindSightings: Looking Back at 2020 and Forward to Everything Ahead — A Brief (But Wordy) Introduction

This idea started with a timely captured picture of the sunset on my drive home from work. It was inescapable. The sky was clear and the sun still bright before turning orange as it would begin to touch the horizon.

That captured image led to a thought about the all the moments of 2020 and how I was a bit — dare I say it? — saddened to see the year close out.

There have been so many experiences over the last year. Some good, some meh. And, there have been the absences of experiences we had planned on. My mind was filled with both.

There are numerous lessons I’ve learned and have only briefly shared with a few trusted coconspirators. It’s time to widen that circle.

They say hindsight is 20/20 and we know, of course, now 2020 is hindsight. But I don’t think that means never looking back.

And so, for an undetermined amount of time with an undecided number of posts, I’ll share some of my thoughts from the past year. From things I’ve learned, to things I’ve lamented (am lamenting?), to things I’m trying hard not to repeat, to experiences, joys and celebrations I hope to never forget, I’ll give you a glimpse of what makes me tick. You’ve been warned.

I don’t know how long this will last or how frequently I’ll post. Some HindSightings might be short. Most will probably be longer than necessary. I can’t promise these will be filled with deep wisdom, but they’re things that got my wheels turning and made an impact on how I’m moving forward this year and beyond.

Yes, it was a difficult year on many levels, but it wasn’t the worst year ever — not even close. I’d dare to say it was one of the best for me. Why would I suggest something so ridiculous? Stick around and I’ll tell you why.

Just as a teaser, I’ll leave you with this: I made decisions this past year that have turned into opportunities I don’t believe I ever would have outside of the circumstances of 2020. The past and how I respond to it has deep implications on who I am today and who I am becoming this new year.

Here’s to hindsighting and the wisdom we gain when we aren’t afraid to look back.

Husband. Father. Leader. Connector. Learning to write, run, and enjoy sustainable rhythms. Writing about faith and what it looks like trying to live it out.

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