2020 2.0

Twenty Twenty Two Point Oh

You ever have the feeling that you just want to reboot 2020? Just unplug it, wait ten seconds, and then plug it back in?

Well, at the Anderson household, that’s exactly what we’re doing. At the halfway point of the year, we’re declaring this 2020 2.0 and making a fresh start.

What does this mean exactly? Essentially, it’s means we’re taking the phrase “back to normal” out behind the barn and shooting it.

We’re putting it out of its misery, because “back to normal” is over. This — this world that we’re living in right now — this is normal. This is it.

We’re not sitting around wondering what’s going to happen the rest of the year, because we already know what’s going to happen: more crazy crap. We all know it’s coming, so there’s no reason to be scared of it.

For instance, even if zombies don’t start rising from their graves and genetically engineered dinosaurs don’t escape from an amusement park, one thing we know is going to happen is an election in November. And let me confirm for you something you may already be suspecting: this election is going to put the “ass” in “fiasco.” I don’t know exactly how the chaos will manifest itself, but you can rest assured that it will be worse than your worst imaginings of what goes on in the meat packing plant that provides for Taco Bell.

So, it’s fruitless to live your life in cringing fear of the next crisis and wishing things could be the way they used to be. This is life, and our aim is not to just survive but thrive in it.

Ergo, 2020 2.0. There’s a lot of rubble at our feet from the first half of the year, but that means we have a lot of opportunities to put the bricks back on top of each other in new and interesting ways.

All those resolutions that we usually make at the beginning of a new year, let’s make some now. Plant a garden. Start that side business (yes, there will be more economic upheaval; having another source of income wouldn’t hurt). Set aside a regular time to read the Bible with your kids.

And while we’re doing all that, know that tomorrow will bring some new ridiculous headline that we’re all supposed to be terrified and/or outraged about. The best thing we can do to combat the noise is to live our own lives.

From where we are right now, let’s start over and reboot 2020. Chaos and fear are not the boss. We are the boss. Let’s live like it.