JusJoJan ~ 1/1/21

** Ahem **

Jilly wraps podium with pointer aka magical wand

Clears her throat again ** ahem**

Begins to speak

January 1, 2021

Dearly beloved,

We are gathered here today to pontificate about life in 2020. Isn’t pontificate the best word ever?!?!?. Say it with me “pontificate”. Can I get an amen?

Yeah buddy!

Blah, blah, blah, blah said in Charlie Brown adults garbled voices. When I start to talk about life in 2020, I am reminded that the year 2020 was not BAD. The year 2020 was the same as always. The more things change, the more they stay the same or some such platitude.


You say Blasphemy! You say 2020 was a bitch! You say the world almost ended! You say life in 2020 was a cluster! Pandemic and fires!! Politics!! You point fingers and search for someone to blame!

And when I say YOU, I mean the nameless faceless collective on both sides. Not you good people who may be reading this post. You are the independent thinkers of modern times. Those other yokels though … why not blame the inanimate 2020??

You say Huh? Why not? “You say, I only hear what I want to” Musical interlude …

Whew! Better. That Snickers was mighty tasty.

I have no idea what I’m going on about. I haven’t given a speech in ages. But boy how I loved public speaking back in the day. Little Jilly introvert loved to present to the masses. And I was pretty good at it too if I do say so myself.

Maybe what I did wasn’t really public speaking but instead training. I had over 330 Underwriters to get through various courses. Maybe I was really a presenter and not a speaker. Either way, I miss it. ALL of it. The nervous butterflies, the questions and interaction with the crowd. The role play and practicing. Another lifetime ago.

I do not mean to minimize the events of 2020 which are historical in fact. I’m simply trying to gain some perspective. For all I can control is my reaction to those events. Everything else is a crapshoot.

This post was written for #JusJoJan 2021. If you want to participate, here are the details. C’mon on in the water is fine 🙂

As always, more to come.

12 thoughts on “JusJoJan ~ 1/1/21

  1. Great post! The year was a clusterfuck, sadly this year, here is starting off even worse, pandemic wise than last year! But I must not moan I will put on a brave face 😬 that’s my brave face.
    Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy and safe 2021.💜💜

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  2. They’re discovering that genes make a difference. If you had a severe case, it is likely your brother will too. You identical twin is almost 100% likely. At least some of the genes for resistance they are looking at are X linked. That explains why women are less likely to get a severe case. Having 2 X chromosomes gives you twice the chances of having the resistant gene.

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    1. Oh wow. That’s interesting. The two coworkers that passed from Covid were women. And my male coworker had mild less than a flu symptoms for about 3 days … his words. I realize I’m talking about my small subset and not speaking overall. I’ve told myself to stay away from the stats since they’re just anxiety provoking to me.

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  3. Pretty true here too, Jill. I mean, I work from home and so being quarantined wasn’t such a change for me. Fortunately we did not lose anyone close to us to the virus and even though it did strike our house, we were lucky that it wasn’t severe. Happy New Year to you and the fam!

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    1. I feel like we may have dodged a bullet. But not questioning the why simply grateful. I’m glad your cases were not severe. I’m hearing more of that. The unpredictability is still a little alarming though. Like 41 yo w/o preexisting conditions & n otherwise good health dead while an elderly person with health concerns makes it through with minor issues. Weird.

      Happy New Year to you and yours too!!!

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