** 2021 Message **
Dear Activity Professionals and the Golden Carers Community,
What a year it has been! While 2020 brought us so much anxiety, changes, and challenges, 2021 brought us hope by the bucket-full. Or, perhaps 2020 felt like such a dark place that 2021 gave us a new perspective and everything - from vaccines to family visits - felt like a giant gulp of normalcy.
I hope that you felt optimistic more often than not this year. That you found joy in unexpected places, like your staff break room where you laughed with other team members or in your car when you sang out loud to your favorite song on your drive home from work.
I hope that 2021 gave you opportunities to rest. I know you more than deserved it, and while you might not have been sunbathing on a beach (though maybe you were!), I hope you found your own ways to rest. Maybe you found a way to sneak in a nap on a day off or perhaps you found a new book or hobby that made you feel brand new after you completed it.
I hope you found a way to love your job again. I know that 2020 was hard on all of us, but working in a senior living community during a pandemic was enough to make even the most experienced Activity Professional have more bad days than good. I hope you found joy and relief in planning the most ordinary activities because you could once again pull groups of residents together.
I hope you found a way to grieve what you lost over the past few years. We’ve lost a lot, collectively, and I’m sure 2021 met you with lost residents, lost friendships and lost opportunities. I’m sorry you are walking through that grief and I wish I could walk alongside you everyday to encourage you, make you a sandwich, and pat your hand.
I hope as you look to 2022 you are full of optimism. I hope you kick dread to the curb and relish in the skills and flexibility you have hard-earned over the past two years. I hope you remind yourself how important you are.
I hope you remember that you are valued. You are loved. You are supported.
Here is to 2022 and everything it holds. One thing is certain: we will face it together.