24 Festive Tasks: Door 6 – St. Nicholas’ Day / Sinterklaas, Bonus Task:
You are King / Queen for the day and can have 3 wishes (not book related): one for yourself, one for your community (any version) and one for the world: What are they?
I recently refurbished the WP blog version of my 2018 responses to the task that also ended up as our St. Nicholas’ Day / Sinterklaas bonus task in this year’s edition — and I’m struck by the fact that my wishes for my / our community and for the world still stand, albeit in both cases with wrinkles reflecting the developments of this year.
My 2018 wishes were:
“For the BookLikes community: Long may it survive, and I hope it will grow ever closer together! (Wish 1.a: Many happy returns of Halloween Bingo and Festive Tasks.)
For the world: A return to sanity, peace, justice, and (dare I say it?) wisdom. In everything from society and politics to the environment and everyday relations and communication. (And don’t tell me that’s more than one wish (again). It really isn’t. But even if it were, I wouldn’t care a rat’s rear end.)”
For the BL community, I still haven’t given up on the hope that we’ll find a permanent home again somewhere that will restore to us more of what we had until about mid-2020 — GR will never be more than a (much-despised and) inferior expedient to me. Chiefly, though, whatever it takes, I hope we’ll manage to stick together!
For the world, obviously the list of upsetting factors that I hope will finally be pushed back in 2021 includes COVID-19. With the development of vaccines against the virus, and the U.S. election result, I am currently a tiny bit more hopeful than I’ve been for the better part of this year, but God knows we still have a long way to go, the danger is far from over; and with Brexit kicking into full gear in 2021, other European countries (such as Poland and Hungary) on a straight path to good old-fashioned dictatorial rule, civil war a real risk in Belarus, and populism far from cowed in many parts of the world, a Herculean effort is still going to be required either way.
Finally, for my own life, I’m hoping for a return to a sense of sanity as well. Much of this year was dominated by bouts of downright craziness, most of it work-related — not because of the substance of the work as such but because of the people involved. I really have no patience for that sort of thing (also, it’s enormously exhausting), and I hope we’ll have left it behind once and for all. There’s a reason why I’m ready to move on to all things Christmas / holidays a week early …