Happy 2021! Over the past few years, my friend Medha has gifted me a day planner. I have found it incredibly useful to have an agenda book that I can write in every day and schedule events on a tangible piece of paper and not have to stare at a screen to do so. This year I decided to do things a little bit differently. My father kept a series of logbooks for one of his old jobs, and several of them only had but a few pages marked. I sat down for an hour or so, and while listening to a podcast, drafted a 2021 calendar inside the book. I had to carefully delineate the lines and make sure each date had the correct day of the week. Although it would have been much easier to simply buy a new calendar on Amazon (and have it be more visually appealing, undoubtedly), this one will prove more meaningful, especially since every time I open it, my eyes will skip past my father’s notes from when he was working at a micropaleontological and biostratigraphy consulting firm on Thursday, March 1st, 2012.
As I found myself writing out each day, I thought to myself: where will I be on Monday, Mach 1st, 2021? I am scheduled to work that day, but whose life, animal or human, will I be positively impacting, and how can I make the most of it? My Aunt Robin always encourages me to pay attention to March Fourth since it’s a day on which we can ‘march forth’ strongly and do big things. My resolve is to march forth into this year with a renewed appreciation for the ability I have to transform each day into something special.