Not sure how it happened, but we have somehow arrived at the final month of the year. My mom used to tell me that time moves faster the older you get, and I now understand what she was talking about. This year has flown by.
Even though it has gone by quickly, 2022 has been a good year for the tourism industry in Kansas. In many ways, we have rebounded to 2019 levels, while in some other areas, we still have a little way to go. But overall, I continue to believe that Kansas is poised to come out of the pandemic era better than ever and we have ever-increasing opportunities to share our state with visitors.
For the month of December, I anticipate we will all be tying up loose ends and finalizing projects. My word of the year for 2022 has been Fortitude, and I anticipate using it quite often during the remaining weeks. Fortitude means courage, tenacity, determination, grit and moxie, and I am going to need all of those characteristics as I am finishing up projects, cleaning out files, writing all those pesky end of year reports, and of course trying to complete all the shopping that I still need to do. I wish us all the Fortitude to finish the year strong.
I wish you all a happy holiday season and look forward to working with you in 2023.
To The Stars.