Charlene Rolls | How 2020 taught me to have a little faith and appreciate things that can’t be explained

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Charlene Rolls is YOU's editorial director.
Charlene Rolls is YOU's editorial director.

I was the kind of kid who drove adults mad with my questions. Why is the b in lamb silent? Why are there no dinosaurs in the Bible? Why is the sun so far away but so dangerous? 

Why, why, why. 

I always wanted rationality and an answer backed by evidence. I wanted to understand and know and be 100% certain that there was a reasonable, logic reason for things to be the way they are. 

But among many other lessons, this year has taught me sometimes you just need to have a little faith. To appreciate the magic bits that are inexplicable yet make so much sense. 

This year has shown me that things aren’t always rational and logical and that you can’t always have proof or answers to the questions you ask. 

I’ve seen over the past few months how the strong have become vulnerable and the fragile become fierce. Different sides to people – loved ones familiar to you as your own hands – emerged as 2020 took its toll.  It was a revelation. It felt like miracles were happening all around us even as the darkest days we’ve experienced in years descended on every aspect of our lives. 

I know a new year doesn’t suddenly magically fix things and Covid-19 obviously isn’t going to be going away any time soon

I hope the last days of 2020 are good ones and that you can say goodbye with hope in your heart for the year that lies ahead. 

I know a new year doesn’t suddenly magically fix things and Covid-19 obviously isn’t going to be going away any time soon. Logically, I know there is no difference in real terms between 31 December and 1 January. 

But here’s where that faith bit comes in. The start of a new year holds a promise. It’s the often indefinable something new – and the opportunities that lay ahead are vast, wide and unfathomable. 

It’s the possibility of something changing. It’s the hope that the change will be for the better and that the magic bits will banish the darkness. 

Happy 2021.

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