HAPPY New Year to all Glasgow Times readers!

I only wish this latest column could continue with such an upbeat tone...

It was only a few weeks ago we all envisaged, or at least hoped, we’d be entering 2021 with a spring in our step. 

Worst year in living memory behind us? Check.

Vaccines on the way? Check.

READ MORE: The hilarious 12 days of Christmas written by a Glasgow taxi driver

Chance to see friends and family a little more again? Che ... or so we thought. 

Readers of this column won’t need or want reminded of the circumstances facing us today, as the new strain of the virus forces a hard lockdown which if anything feels even sorer than what has come before. 

It’s just the latest horrible chapter in a story we all can’t wait to end – and we can only cling to the prospect that the light at the end of the tunnel is not that far away, granted the journey to it will be another rough ride. 

Nobody is under any illusions that the vaccine roll-out might not necessarily solve everything overnight, but it is the one game-changer we have and it is not only months or weeks away – it is already under way. 

So while it may feel like Groundhog Day right now, it won’t be like this forever. 

Glasgow Times: It feels like Groundhog Day again... It feels like Groundhog Day again...

So while it may feel like Groundhog Day right now, it won’t be like this forever.

See what I did there? Sorry. Anyway … 

The latest lockdown is a bitter blow for all people, for businesses and trades, for those on the front line, for those who are vulnerable, the list goes on. 

It certainly isn’t good news for taxi drivers like me – but the vaccines are, like they are for all of us. 

More than ever, perhaps even more than last March and April, we all need to support each other through this difficult leg of the most tiring of journeys. 

Catriona Stewart: People should be angry at Celtic's trip to Dubai not skaters in Queen's Park

Because one day, like Bill Murray in that famous film, we will wake up and life will move on. 

Until then, let’s look after each other – and remember to look after yourselves too. 

So let’s finish this one as we started it – Happy New Year to all Glasgow Times readers.
I hope your 2021 is filled with good health and happiness, and brighter times lie ahead. 
Stay safe!