So how is it that we have already arrived at the end of 2020?
I think this year has been the ‘fastest, slowest’ year I have ever experienced. In some senses 2020 really seems to have dragged on. It seems forever since I saw my family or friends properly and I am sure we are all looking forward to hopefully getting back to this kind of thing as we move into the Spring next year and beyond!
In other ways, 2020 has flown by.
I know we say it every year, but the last 12 months seem to have gone by in the blink of an eye. Perhaps it is the fact that much of this year has felt like a bit of a groundhog day? The big ticket events that punctuate our years and photo albums (birthday celebrations, weddings, overseas holidays) have largely been absent and so the months have seemed to blur into one a little bit.
I think it is fair to say that 2020 will not go down as one of most people’s favourite years, but, being the eternal optimist, I do like to look at the positive in all of this.
First of all, we have learned a lot, both individually and collectively. The ingenuity of the human race never ceases to amaze me and 2020 is testament to the power of our collective minds. Not only have we developed and rolled out the vaccine in record time, we have also celebrated several other scientific and technological achievements which have pushed us forward, despite the challenges of the pandemic.
Although crisis sometimes brings out the worst in us, it can also bring out the best of us. I am sure we have all seen acts of incredible kindness and selflessness in 2020 – let’s hope we can carry some of that sentiment forward with us.
Finally, on a more local level, I could not be more pleased with how we have adapted and thrived as a business and as a team during the past 12 months. Have there been challenges and failures and frustrations – of course there have, but I feel that we have far more to celebrate than commiserate as a team this year.
This will be my last blog post of 2020 as I am taking an extended Christmas break, having taken relatively little holiday all year to help guide the business through what has been the most tumultuous of years.
I would like to close by thanking each and every one of you, our clients, from the bottom of my heart. I am always grateful for every client that chooses to join us on this journey, but I cannot express how incredible it has been to have your support during this year above all others.
You are the reason that I get to do what I love each and every day and I am not sure that many people get to say that in this world.
Wishing you all a very merry festive season and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021!
Matt Smith, Director, Buckingham Gate Chartered Financial Planners