As I write this 2021 is coming to an end and we look forward to 2022. At this time last year we did not have our CV-19 shots or our booster. As of today I have had all three and have the sore arm and the headache to prove it. I see as great progress in the fight against CV-19. Our society has gone 12 rounds with a fighter that just will not quit. So far we are both marked up, but I believe we win the fight.

My last remaining parent passed away as few months ago and it has left me and my siblings with a hole that cannot be filled. Our parents were part of what some people call the “Greatest Generation Ever.” They were born in the roaring 20’s, survived the Depression, fought a world war, and came back to live a full life.  We were raised in a culture where you worked hard, showed respect to elders, even though some of them did not deserve it and competed hard to the end no matter what the task was. Mediocrity was something not to settle for because people would use it to make themselves feel better. It is said that “mediocrity has a million fans and excellence has a million critics.” I grew up in a culture of accountability and excellence. My siblings and I did ok with this and continue to pass it on to our families. Thanks to them once again.

No doubt that 2020 and 2021 has been filled with struggle. Our struggles are just a reminder that we want to figure things out and succeed. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you keep in mind that you want to get better. Not settle for mediocrity because if it finds a crack it will bring us down and play havoc with our mental health.

As we close out 2021 I write this in memory of my parents who taught me and siblings so much and toast them with a fine whiskey.

Here’s to you Big Al and Nana!

Until next time.

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