When COVID first came into the public eye, there were many questions about the new virus. It was believed to be similar to the cold and flu; little did we know how deadly it would be. Here in America, some said things like… “Only those who have traveled to China can catch it,” or “it’s just the flu,” or “if we all quarantine for two weeks, this thing will be gone in no time.”
People were touched by the hard times of 2020, and I believe we can all agree that socially, politically, economically, and health-wise, 2020 has been no one’s year.
So let’s take a look back:
It started with the pandemic arising in China. No one thought that lock-downs would last a year, but here we are. The pandemic has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and infected millions. It caused our economy to crash so terribly it was worse than the Great Depression. 33 million Americans were collecting unemployment at COVID’s worst.
Then there was the cloud of Murder hornets around the world. (They’re called Asian Giant Hornets and, they aren’t that murderous, but they did cause widespread panic.)
Next was the Black Lives Matter movement. While it may be a just cause, the social upheaval and the National Guard being called into Portland only made the situation worse.
In August, Oregon and California dealt with the worst wildfires in history. Millions of acres were burned, countless homes were destroyed, and lives were lost. We felt the effects of the fires due to the hazardous air quality. The valley was colored yellow.
Regardless of politics, we can agree the months leading up to and from the election were wild. The riot at the Capitol on Jan 6 was a national disaster. I’m glad that Trump is out of office and, I hope that this country can start to heal from the damage done.
Despite the negatives, times are changing. We have a new president, there’s a rover on Mars, hedge funds got demolished by Reddit users, and we have vaccines.
I’m an introvert and this year has given me a solid out for not talking to anyone. I enjoy being at home for school. I can wear sweatpants and hoodies every day, and I have 24/7 access to coffee.
In times of struggle, I like to think of things that make me happy. Erik Knoedler’s thoughts on the cyclical loop that is European society, cracking jokes and talking about the world with Model United Nations club, and of course, being part of Bruin and producing this paper. These are things that make times not so bleak.