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11 Dec 2020

Is It 2021 Yet? Notes On A Tough Year

If there’s one thing we know about 2020, it’s that we won’t forget it in a hurry. If we’re looking on the bright side - it is Christmas, after all - it’s brought streets and communities together, changed the way we work forever and very much reacquainted us with our pyjama collection. 

Saying goodbye to one year and welcoming in the next will be a little different this time around. At a time when hugging a stranger or jostling for drinks at a bar seems like the stuff of history books, how will we say hello to 2021? Of course we’ll still have the haters pretending it’s any other night, flicking between fireworks and movies from the sofa. And there’ll still be those for whom the allure of a new year is forever irresistible; impossible not to clink glasses and flounce around the kitchen in something that glitters. However we do it, we’ll gently show 2020 the door and leave it ajar for what’s next. 

At a time when hugging a stranger or jostling for drinks at a bar seems like the stuff of history books, how will we say hello to 2021?

But as we reflect back on the last day of the year, what will greet us in the mirror? The moments that stand out from the last 366 days won’t be the usual suspects. The parade of weddings, birthdays, BNOs and family meet-ups has been replaced by autumnal walks in the park, crying with laughter over Boris Johnson memes and comparing Tiers with loved ones. And who else has an impressive camera roll of sunset pics from their bedroom window? Guilty as charged. 

If we’re still looking on the bright side - which we are - we’ve felt frustrated and disappointed and stuck; but we’ve also learned to go with the flow. To follow those little tendrils of joy ready to take us in completely unexpected directions. Putting on a pretty dress to work from the kitchen table or voice noting a friend because something silly happened and we just wanted someone to laugh with.

We’ve felt frustrated and disappointed and stuck; but we’ve also learned to go with the flow. To follow those little tendrils of joy ready to take us in completely unexpected directions.

One day we feel like adults with a load in the washing machine and dinner in the fridge. Totally together. The next we feel like a blubbering mess capable of nothing but scrolling through Instagram and eating our entire advent calendar in one go. Some of us have lost loved ones or jobs. Some of us have struggled with our mental health. If we’re lucky, we’ve been able to talk about it with our neighbours, our family, our friends. The rare feeling of all being in the same boat, experiencing the collective ups and downs. If we’re less lucky, it’s felt lonely and isolating. A lot to feel in the confines of our four walls.

One day we feel like adults with a load in the washing machine and dinner in the fridge. Totally together. The next we feel like a blubbering mess capable of nothing but scrolling through Instagram and eating our entire advent calendar in one go.

But as we start to refresh the news on our phones to keep up with the good rather than the bad, the new year is already reaching tiny roots deep into our calendars. Little buds emerge scattered across our schedules. WhatsApp groups for IRL hen dos and family birthdays tentatively ping and vibrate in our pockets. In the very back of our busy brains we might start to wonder what we’ll wear to this and that. Perhaps we mentally meander through the possibilities that 2021 might hold. 

This New Year’s Eve we’ll hear fireworks from gardens and barking dogs and stray whoops from overzealous neighbours (and who could blame them?) But more than that, we’ll hear one big sigh. A shared release of breath as we let go of this chapter and step into the next.

However you’re celebrating, we wish you a very Happy New Year from all of us at Endless Wardrobe. Why not treat yourself with a little rental, be it a cosy jumper dress or something sparkly? Goodbye 2020, it’s been quite a ride….

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