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Hindsight Really Is 2020

Hindsight Really Is 2020

We made it through 2020 together and we are all stronger as a result. This year asked alot from us but it also gave alot too. Despite all the sadness and deaths, there is always a silver lining to look for. For most of us, we found gratitude and experienced mindfulness for the first time in a long long time. We realized that our health, family and friends is all we really need. The rest is just icing on the cake. 

We were so inspired by the Tom Foolery poem and video that went viral earlier this year. We want to share this with you so we can always remember this time and the good that came from it. 

2021 is going to be such a great year, it is an exciting time in history and we know that our new found realizations will carry us far!

Happy Holidays to everyone, be safe, be well and find the joy in each day.

 The Great Realisation, by Tom Roberts

''Tell me the one about the virus again, then I'll go to bed.

'But my boy, you're growing weary, sleepy thoughts about your head.

'Please! That one's my favourite. I promise just once more.

'Okay, snuggle down my boy, though I know you know full well the story starts before then, in a world I once dwelled

'It was a world of waste and wonder, of poverty and plenty back before we understood why hindsight's 2020

'You see the people came up with companies to trade across all lands. But they swelled and got bigger than we could ever have planned

'We'd always had our wants, but now it got so quick. You could have everything you dreamed of in a day and with a click.

'We noticed families had stopped talking. That's not to say they never spoke. But the meaning must have melted and the work life balance broke.

'And the children's eyes got squarer and every toddler had a phone. They filtered out the imperfections but amidst the noise, they felt alone.

'And every day the sky grew thicker, til we couldn't see the stars.  So we flew in planes to find them while down below we filled our cars.

'We'd drive around all day in circles. We'd forgotten how to run. We swapped the grass for tarmac, shrunk the parks till there were none.

'We filled the sea with plastic cause our waste was never capped. Until each day when you went fishing, you'd pull them out already wrapped.

'And while we drank and smoked and gambled, our leaders taught us why, it's best to not upset the lobbies, more convenient to die.

'But then in 2020, a new virus came our way.The government reacted and told us all to hide away.

'But while we were all hidden, amidst the fear and all the while, the people dusted off their instincts, they remembered how to smile.

'They started clapping to say thank you and calling up their mums. 

'And while the cars keys were gathering dust, they would look forward to their runs.

'And with the sky less full of planes, the earth began to breathe, and the beaches brought new wildlife that scattered off into the seas.

'Some people started dancing, some were singing, some were baking. We'd grown so used to bad news but some good news was in the making.

'And so when we found the cure and were allowed to go outside, we all preferred the world we found to the one we'd left behind.

'Old habits became extinct, and they made way for the new.  And every simple act of kindness was now given its due.

'But why did it take a virus to bring the people back together? 'Well, sometimes, you got to get sick, my boy, before you start feeling better.

'Now lie down, and dream of tomorrow, and all the things that we can do. And who knows, maybe if you dream strong enough, make some of them will come true.

'We now call it the Great Realisation, and yes, since then there have been many.

 'But that's the story of how it started, and why hindsight's 2020.'


1 Response

Kathryn Oliver-Garnett
Kathryn Oliver-Garnett

February 26, 2021

Dear Paper Seahorse — Thanks for posting this! Somehow I had missed it until now. Well worth watching — brought the tears! And hopes that 2021 will be a brighter year for the entire world.

—Kathryn (Portland, Oregon; immigrant from the UK about 62 years ago…so the accent in that young man’s voice was like my Dad speaking to me…)

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