This blog posted started out with the idea of encouraging you to use one of our lunch boxes or water bottles to lead a healthier or more sustainable lifestyle… but this feels banal and even discourteous in relation to the year we’ve just had. It would be an understatement to say 2020 has been a year like no other. The world was forced into lockdown with the spread of Coronavirus and the economy and many industries collapsed. We saw extreme weather throughout the world, with forest fires, droughts, hurricanes, flooding and unprecedented ice loss. There were even biblical locust swarms plaguing dozens of countries. In comparison to all of this, it seems trivial to even mention Brexit.

So, what does 2021 hold in store for us? Hopefully, last year offers us a chance to reflect and the new year offers us an opportunity to start afresh and see how we can change and improve the way we live our lives. Just as some of us go back into another lockdown, we can take inspiration from the wisdom of others and be inspired by some of their memorable quotes to help kickstart the ‘near year and new you’. We’ll need to be strong to face the challenges of the future, but here are some of our favourite quotes (and lyrics) and here’s to 2021 and making it the best year we can.

Don’t count the days. Make the days count.
Muhammad Ali

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
Nelson Mandela

You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.
C.S. Lewis

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.
Dolly Parton

You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
Dr. Seuss

There may be trouble ahead
But while there’s moonlight
And music and love and romance
Let’s face the music and dance
Irving Berlin

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