I hope you made merry this Christmas because what else can we do? In this strangest of years, it is a choice to be happy. The past week for me has been a riot of food, family and fun times spent eating way too much. It’s been great to have seen both sides of our family on Christmas day and night as well as extended family and my besties. As tiring as it can sometimes be hosting events, it’s been a privilege to bring people together and given what is still unfolding in Greater Sydney, I’ve not taken gatherings for granted. I also got to spend Christmas night cuddling a puppy so it doesn’t get much better than that!
There is a saying about the difference between a flower and a weed being a judgement and I did laugh watching the Margaret and David Review 2020 that was doing the rounds on social media before Christmas. It has been an incredibly surreal year on so many levels – no-one could have predicted a global pandemic stopping the world in its tracks and the ensuing disruption and chaos it has wrought both good and bad. With the losses all too evident, I have tried to focus on the silver linings and lessons learnt in this extraordinary year and like Margaret, to see life through the lens of 5 stars not zero. Life goes on and it’s important to enjoy what we can even if things are far from perfect.
Speaking of movies, Mr Rosanna and I took the kids to see Wonder Woman 1984 at IMAX on the weekend, where everyone was masked up inside. While not in the same league as the first movie, it was still good to go to Carlton where we ducked into Readings afterwards and enjoyed an impromptu al fresco dinner at Tiamo 2 followed by gelato from Pidapipo next door. It almost felt like old times.
I was in the city last night with my two best friends celebrating an early milestone birthday for one of them at Andrew McConnell’s new cocktail bar and dining room Gimlet at Cavendish House for some old world glamour in a renovated Art Deco building on the corner of Russell Street and Flinders Lane. It was buzzing with beautiful people and felt like we could have been in London or New York if not for the more subdued streets of Melbourne outside. While we passed on the lobster bisque at $150 a pop (!) – we shared a couple of entrees and I had a beautifully cooked John Dory main followed by house made gelato served in antique silver footed dessert bowls, which did feel very special.
It was a real treat in what’s been a pretty gloomy year and it may be my last fine dining experience for a while given I now need to find myself a job and bring home some bacon! In that regard, given the uncertainty of next year in terms of a vaccine and the greater economy, I see 2021 as being part two – the sequel to this year and I’m still unsure about how things will end as much as it’s also a new beginning.
I was long-listed for a fundraising role just before Christmas so while I’m not getting my hopes up just yet, the job is with an interesting organisation doing interesting, and valuable, work on a global scale which would be very rewarding. You have to move forward and be prepared to try new and different things. I’ve been at a similar crossroads before and there is always light on the other side once you go through your own journey of self-discovery. It is a process and it does take time. If you are one of the million Australians like me who lost their job this year, or simply want to change jobs or land a new job, I hope you might take some comfort from that knowing it’s possible to reinvent yourself and start again with newfound strength and hard won resilience. I’ll be interested to see how the story ends but in the words of Joe Hockey – 2021 can’t come soon enough! I look forward to farewelling 2020 and I wish you a truly wonderful new year and new beginnings in 2021.