So this is the New Year

Earlier today, I was channeling my angsty 16-year-old self, singing “The New Year” by Death Cab for Cutie. This year especially, the song’s opening line really resonated with me:

“So this is the New Year, and I don’t feel any different.”

Last year was tough — there’s no doubt about it. And at 11:59 p.m. on December 31st, I found myself hoping and praying that the “clanking of crystal” and the “explosions off in the distance” would bring an end to the stress, worry and hopelessness that plagued us all for most of 2020.

Unfortunately, that just wasn’t the case.

Last Thursday marked one year since the first COVID-19 case was announced in the U.S. Today, more than 400,000 Americans have died from the virus. Yes, vaccines have been approved and are rolling out across the country, but we’re not out of the woods yet.

Please, for your own safety and that of others, mask up and practice social distancing. We’ll get through this, but everyone has to do their part.

With that, enjoy this 2003 music video, and be sure to cover your ears at 2:25 — no one wants to imagine a world without airplanes!