We can all agree that 2020 was not the year we expected it to be. Some people lost loved ones, some lost their jobs, some weren’t able to get married – we found that our lives had been put on hold. At times it felt like we were living from week to week, eagerly waiting for the next government update about what we were or in most cases, weren’t allowed to do. In the year that ended up not going to plan, there are so many things we can be thankful for. And although it may seem like our news channels, radio stations and social media are filled with stats, there have been stories of good news around the world. So, this isn’t going to be about the absolute sh*tshow that 2020 has been but more on the positives that have come out of it, and as difficult as it may be to think of the positives of 2020, there has been a fair few.
This year has allowed us to grow, learn new skills, spend time with those close to us and be thankful for the little things in life.
Early on we all seemed to be making a variation of banana bread – nutty, chocolatey, you name it, we tried it. In my family group chat we were also trying out recipes for Naan!
Joe Wicks did free workout sessions available for free for everyone, to ensure that we were still keeping fit (and sane) during these times. And when you think about it now, that seems like a life time away.
Although the reason as to why Black Lives Matter became one of the biggest movements of not just 2020 but this decade is incredibly painful to think about, it has drawn a much-needed spotlight on the violent acts against black people. Although starting in the USA the BLM movement found itself spreading across the globe and people started to share their own stories. From discrimination by those in power to the harassment, some experienced in the workplace. As a whole, we have a long way to go in eliminating racism – I mean the recent backlash against the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert is proof. Something that was meant to spark joy quickly became a heated debate on Twitter.
How could we forget the wonderful feat of Sir Captain Tom Moore who walked 100 lengths of his garden for the NHS workers – he raised a total of £32,796,355 – 6559% more than his initial target of £500k!
And for some lesser-known (but fun) good news of 2020, but all very exciting – Ying Ying and Le Le, two pandas at Ocean Park Zoo in Hong Kong, got it on after ten years!! Unfortunately, there isn’t a cub on the way, but I think we can all agree that this shows there is hope for those in long term relationships which have, erm, started to lack in that department. And in other similar news, there’s been an elephant baby boom in Kenya, where 170 calves were born this year, including two sets of twins!
As I write this it wouldn’t be right to not take a moment and think of all those that have lost a loved one this year. In the year where goodbyes have not been the same and there’s been a lack of human touch (all for the right reasons), I give this virtual hug to you. Although it doesn’t seem it, better days are coming and there seems to be light at the end of this very very long and bendy tunnel.
If you made it this far, of reading this post but also this year, well done!
Happy New Year! Let’s hope that 2021 is a better year for us all, let’s just take it nice and slow to begin with..
P.s. Did you notice I managed to write this without the C word?!