New Year, new you
Every year, as the clock ticks down to midnight to say goodbye to the past year with friends and family, drinks in hand and music pumping, we wait for those cleansing words that we all shout together: “3, 2, 1…Happy New Year!”
Then, as we wake up the next morning, energised by all the possibilities that lie ahead of us, eager to put all our hopes and dreams to paper of what we want to accomplish in the coming year. From learning a new language or travelling to a place we’ve never been, to getting that long-awaited promotion or a promise of spending more time with nature – our resolutions have been our way of committing ourselves to being better.
Until Covid19 hit, of course.
The new normal
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a bunker somewhere, you’ve been affected by Covid19 in one way or another. From somewhat mundane things such as the maddening rush to stock up on toilet rolls and the stockpiling of canned goods in the event that the country goes into a lockdown, to the reality of what the coronavirus has done, not only to the world’s economy, but to millions of families – our lives in 2020 have been turned upside down.
Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Avoid crowded places without proper ventilation. That doesn’t sound like a fun new year’s party, does it?
Laughter is the best medicine
The saying goes that laughter is the best medicine. In the case of Covid19, a working vaccine would probably work a bit better than laughter – but until that is successfully rolled out, there are some stories that just make you smile and just feel a whole lot lighter.
A woman by the name of Robyn Schall stumbled across her list of New Year’s resolutions that she had made – just like everyone else – at the beginning of 2020. This was her to-do list for the coming year. A clean slate to reach for the stars – and then the virus struck and reduced all her goals to ash.
A darker kind of humour
There are many things in 2020 that stood out as lighter moments. If 2020 is to be remembered for anything other than the pandemic and Trump, look no further than Jumba Bet Casino which made 5 millionaires in 1 crazy month. It was also the year that Robyn Schall got over 600,000 video views for her amazingly funny video.
There are those in society who frown upon making light of what has been an immense tragedy for the world – and will be for the coming years as we heal not only the mental tragedy, but also the economic impact that the virus has had on the world’s economy and its people. However, being able to find the lighter moments in this time in our lives is just another way of helping us to deal with it.
As a professional comedian, Robyn Schall could not have scripted this better. Finding her list of new year’s resolutions which, like many of us can identify, were left forgotten in a note book after she had scribbled them down at the start of 2020, was a stroke of comedy genius. What she had set out to achieve was completely derailed by the events of this year, and she needed to share these resolutions with the world by reading them out as a video.
The video did not only make her day, leaving her in fits of laughter, but also for the over half a million people who have watched her hilarious video.
Some of the highlights
In the video, Robyn Schall can barely hold back the tears of laughter as she launches into some of the goals she set out for herself. Her overall summation was that 2020 was trolling her – and it’s not hard to figure out why.
For every resolution she reads out, it shows how 2020 completely derailed her plans.
Make more money this year? She’s been unemployed since March with all her comedy events being cancelled due to strict crown control. Be more social? Social distancing put that one to bed. Lose weight? Well, staying home for the better part of the year surely didn’t help that cause.
One of the stand out moments in the video is when she reads out the resolution about needing to spend more time with her grandmother, but then reveals that she had actually died this year.
Not everyone’s cup of tea
Although the video was met with many laughs, there were some who felt that making light of the tragedy was not in good taste. Whichever side of the fence you sit, we can all agree that we do need some comedic relief in our lives and we should all hope that our next dreams are not as difficult to achieve when we write them down.
The important thing is to stay safe, wear a mask and sanitize your hands frequently. It’s the small things we can all do to play our part in this global pandemic and hopefully, this year’s laughs won’t be so hard to come by.