While it's been a year many Victorians look forward to leaving behind, we have one month left to make our own mark on a year that has changed the world forever.
What we choose to do and say between now and December 31 is up to each of us.
Nobody in Australia has worked harder than Victorians to rid the community of coronavirus, and every single one of us deserves thanks and praise for the sacrifices we've all made.
After a year like no other, dominated by so much despair and gloom, this is our chance to finish on a high.
Having fought so hard to wrest back freedoms and privileges we once took for granted, we shouldn't let 2020 define us.
At the start of the pandemic Victorians were encouraged to buy local, to look after our families, friends and neighbours, and to consider our mental health as layer upon layer of restrictions closed in on us.
Our local business community toiled marvellously to see off the worst of 2020, but they are now relying on us to help them continue their revival.
As we continue to shrug off those harsh restrictions and move forward into the "COVID-normal" world, supporting our community matters more than ever.
As we count down to Christmas - the most sacred family time of the year - it's the simple things that resonate loudest.
We should feel proud.
We should be optimistic, and we should be cautiously confident.
Buying local and supporting local, wherever we can - and especially now, is what will help lift community spirits in a rising tide. The truth is, if we don't support local, who will?
In the sporting world, no one remembers how you start a race or a game. It's the final result that counts. And our community is defined by how well it works together, when it matters most. It matters most now.
After a year to forget, let's make December a month to remember. Our destiny is finally back in our own hands, and we should not waste such a precious gift.