Anything Can Happen
As we embark on our last working week of 2020, we felt that as it’s been a year like no other, we needed something written in stone (or blog) to mark the occasion. Our founder Vicky shares her thoughts.
When we toasted in the new decade 12 months ago I don’t think there was a single person who quite knew how this year would turn out, or what we would endure as individuals and communities.
2020 has been a year of great change, challenges and defeats, but also a year in which many beautiful things have resurfaced which I will carry with me into the new year in every aspect of my life.
Neighbours got to know each other again and entire communities showed appreciation in unity. To be part of a community like Milton Keynes has been a great sense of pride for me, and I think that the positive effects of this year will be felt in our community for a long time to come.
We appreciate the freedoms we took for granted every day and our health. Who would have thought that for many of us a dream day out now is probably something we would have considered as mundane in January 2020. Something like a trip to the cinema with my daughter, followed by an enormous slice of cake and mug of coffee in a coffee shop — without a worry in the world about sanitising our hands. Whilst I know we’re not out of the woods just yet, practising gratitude for the most ordinary things is something I hope many of us will continue to do for the rest of our lives.
We also realised the importance of family in a whole new way. I have multiple generations under one roof at home, and we’ve rallied together and sacrificed to make sure everyone is safe and healthy, just like you have. It got me thinking that surely to practice consideration and empathy for others for such a long period of time can only have a positive effect on society.
And then there’s business. It feels like a lifetime ago that Barbour switched to making scrubs or more recently that multi-disciplinary scientists from around the globe have pooled their knowledge to create potential solutions to the global pandemic. 2020 is the year the world ‘pivot’ entered the lexicon of even the tiniest of local businesses. We were forced to learn new skills and trust employees whilst employees realised that loyalty goes a long way.
At Ethiqs we were privileged to become part of several amazing online networking groups where we became part of online families. We gave but we also received SO much! Support, camaraderie and friendships that we will continue to nurture going forward.
Ultimately, I think we’ve all learnt that the human race does not have everything figured out and that anything can happen. I guess what that does to your mindset is up to you. I hope it’ll prompt people to be kinder and slower when we need to be, but also braver. Launch that business. Write that book. File that patent — because anything can happen.
To everyone who has supported Ethiqs this year, thank you. Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas.