While preparing to button up the last newspaper of the year, I perused the last five end-of-year True Dakotan issues for reference. I took notice that in those issues, I typically wrote an editorial brightly proclaiming excitement for the year to come layered with wild motivation to accomplish tons not only as a newspaper but also collectively as a community. 

But this is 2020 and that approach definitely doesn’t feel right. 

And man am I tired. Like most folks I’ve talked to lately, I’m simultaneously dizzy and drained from this wild roller coaster of a year.

So as I sat staring blankly at my computer, fruitlessly trying to drum up an editorial, True Dakotan graphic designer/reporter Cam Fagerhaug showed me something that brought a little humor to my writer’s block.

Her screen read: 

Nobody claim 2021 as their year. We are gonna be good, walk in real quiet, and Don’t. Touch. Anything. 

The popular meme floating around social media made me laugh at first — then made me realize that’s precisely how I want to approach 2021.

When schools went remote and everything in our lives became officially “unprecedented” earlier this spring, I kept thinking to myself, “wow, we didn’t know how good we had it before all this came about.”

I couldn’t put my finger on it at first but a little wiser after many more months of 2020, I think I know what I meant. Perhaps what we’ve lost in innocence this year, we may have gained in introspection, leading to appreciation of what we have more than complaints about what we don’t. I continue to witness this shift towards gratitude for the big and small blessings in life and it gives me cautious hope for the future.    

That being said, instead of entering 2021 with fanfare, shouting my lofty goals from the mountain top, I’ll proceed quietly and purposefully with a deliberate focus on living more mindfully in the present moment with a grateful heart. 

Thank you for your readership in 2020, indeed a year like no other.

With quiet optimism for 2021,

Kristi Hine 


True Dakotan