New Year, New Opportunities
By Joe Ulm
For many of us, the New Year is a time to look ahead and hope for good things for the next year. The start of a new year often feels fresh and full of opportunity, and it’s fun to see ourselves through the lens of our hopes and expectations fulfilled. This has never been more true than this year as so many of us look to leave 2020 and all the challenges that came with it behind. However, at the risk of being a bit contrarian, I’d like to suggest another approach.
Last year when I was given the privilege of becoming the President of our Club, I sent out an e-mail. In that e-mail, I shared some information about me, and I talked about the future success of the Club. Two months later, COVID-19* hit, and a month after that our spring season was cancelled. It definitely wasn’t the start I was hoping for. However, as I look back on 2020 and all the challenges we faced as a Club throughout the year, I firmly believe that each challenge also provided us with an opportunity; an opportunity to learn and grow, to try new ideas, and to share and communicate in ways we never would have considered without those challenges.
It’s with this in mind that I would like to reaffirm my belief in the success of our Club. Together, we’ve done much more than weather the COVID* storm – we’ve grown – and if a world-wide pandemic can’t slow us down, it’s hard to believe much else will. In this way, I’m choosing to be thankful for the many lessons I learned throughout 2020. It wasn’t easy, but the most valuable lessons never are.
So, as I enjoy friends and family on New Year’s eve, I’ll look forward to good and positive things in 2021 right along with many of you… but I’ll do so with a bit of respect for 2020. Because without 2020, I wouldn’t come into 2021 with some of the skills and abilities I learned this past year; skills I fully intend to use to help our Club see an amazing and prosperous 2021.
Of course, none of these lessons and opportunities would even be here without all of you. So allow me to express my sincere thanks to all of you for your support this past year. I hope 2021 brings you every hope and expectation you desire. As for our Club… here’s to 2021. I’m ready. Let’s make it great together. United.
*Please know every reference to COVID was from the perspective of how COVID directly affected PSU this past year. In no way am I discounting the very real difficulties many of our members faced due to COVID over this past year. Rather, for everyone who experienced deep personal hardships or severe health issues due to COVID, my heart goes out to you.