Viewpoint: Diary of a spectacle designer

Tom Davies is feeling optimistic even if everyone else is unhappy

As 2021 turned into 2022, did we all forget to wish each other a happy new year? In normal times, every email I had written or received in early January was prefaced with ‘happy new year!’ Every meeting, personal or professional, commenced with a ‘happy new year’ from both sides, but on the big day this year, my WhatsApp was notably quiet.

I noticed it enough to think it was a bit odd. I asked a few friends and colleagues before I wrote this to make sure I didn’t look like a ‘Billy no mates’ and the feedback was the same. Is no one happy? Or is no one wanting to wish each other happiness?

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