2021: A Year in Review

Well… in terms of blogging, you’d think this wasn’t such a great year for me. My consistency is at an all-time low. Forgive me.

But in most other respects, 2021 turned out to be a pretty decent year.

In January we started with a few decent months of chill times. I managed to squeeze in my 22nd birthday, saw comedian Joel Creasy and did a live TV broadcast in a real news studio at RMIT.

I got an awesome tattoo and triple vaccinated in the same year – truly putting my curiously low pain threshold to the test.

I did internships with The Canberra Times and The Age newspapers, even if remotely.

My footy team made it to the granny but didn’t win – shake it off, boys. Shake it off.

I represented RMIT journalism students in meeting the Governor-General of Australia and his wife.

Also, I RELAUNCHED my website with a brand-new, professionally built design, which I completely designed myself. It’s definitely one of my proudest achievements so far. it’s been really inspiring as I think about what I want to do next.

Went to TWO surprise festivals, including on New Year’s Eve, towards the end of the year, despite a crazy year of more lockdowns.

In fact, I went out more this year than I have in almost two years.

Most notably, I GRADUATED FROM UNIVERSITY. I now hold a bachelor’s degree in communication (journalism). Furthermore, I have a little job lined up for mid-January.

I couldn’t have asked for a better end to the year – literally, NYE was epic! And figuratively.

It leaves me feeling once again very optimistic for 2022.

I won’t pretend this year was perfect. I had personal, and ongoing health issues that have been made worse by the pandemic and lockdowns.

Lockdown hasn’t been easy on anyone this year and even if we are “out”, the impacts of this pandemic will be felt for a long time.

Like a child asking, “are we there yet?” on a road trip, I asked my dad the other day “when is this pandemic going to be over?”

His answer “well, the last one lasted about six. So, not soon”.
I guess for now we have to take each hurdle as it comes. Thank our lucky stars we have survived thus far and be grateful for everything else we have – including our loved ones.

Here’s to 2022. It’ll be a great year for me and you!

Claudia Forsberg is a Melbourne based writer and journalist. She is currently working as a Regional Trainee with ABC Ballarat.


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