2020, to say the least, has been a burden. Politics, hurricanes, wildfires, and the pandemic affecting everything from jobs to events to lives. 2020 has been quite a year.

As we get into October, the end of the year is in sight. The holidays seem to get closer together starting with Halloween. Then Pre-Christmas (Thanksgiving), then Christmas, and then New Year's Day.

But if you think that changing the number on a calendar will magically change anything, don't get your hopes up.

Now, don't get me wrong: I am not here to squash your hopes. I am here to make certain that we remain firmly planted in reality.

Just like "getting away from it all" doesn't really get you away from it all, getting into a new year won't magically change anything. Sure, it may change our outlook slightly by thinking "whew, it's over. Let's move on", but, in reality, nothing much will change.

Discarding an old calendar and hanging a new one won't make pandemics disappear. It won't end wars. It won't clear up your financial troubles. It won't make the music any better (or worse). It won't improve your relationship.

Change doesn't come with a new day or with the flip of a calendar. Change doesn't come from a move across town or across the country. Change doesn't come from a new pair of shoes or a new car.

Change comes from within. Change comes when we realize that unless WE change, little changes. Change comes when we make it happen.

I know it sounds cliche', but it's true: if you want to see the world change, be the change you want to see in the world.

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