What Happened in 2020 and What to Look Forward to in 2021

Abby Bowman, Reporter

The events that took place last year were certainly destructive and devastating for individuals and communities in every country around the world. It is safe to say that 2020 has brought the feeling of loss and hopelessness to every person and left many people with instability and no ambitions for the future. Last year claimed millions of lives and put many without work. The entire globe has had to get through many hardships and overcome many obstacles.  

In case you have been living alone in Antarctica since January 2020, there is no way you have missed every gnarly twist and turn that this last year has brought for us. The year started off with the massive wildfires in Australia which killed over 500 million plants and animals. Across the sea, the United States had their hands full with the impeachment trials of President Donald Trump, which were unsuccessful and left millions of Americans on both sides of the political spectrum angry. 

Perhaps the most infamous landmark of 2020 began in March, where the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 1918 hit and killed millions of people on six continents. Covid-19, shut down schools and workplaces all across the globe and left hundreds of millions of people unemployed and unable to support themselves and their families. Children were stuck at home, forced to face the struggle of last-minute online learning as schools tried to finish out the year. To date, Covid-19 has killed over 2,543,755 people worldwide, while over 28 million people in the United States have tested positive. These numbers keep growing as health officials and leaders try to get this pandemic under control. Due to this pandemic, many businesses have been unable to stay open and the economy in many countries has seen a big fall. 

In the summer, the Black Lives Matter movement took the world by storm as many people took to the streets and protested for black lives and for all the individuals who have died due to systemic racism in America. This positive action, in good 2020 fashion, turned into violence and many businesses and buildings were destroyed. 

This year has also brought sadness to many admirers of the world’s celebrities, including basketball star Kobe Bryant, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and actor Chadwick Boseman, along with many other beloved figures. 

“The worst year yet” is one way to describe 2020, because it has not had a whole lot of good in it, but that is no reason not to have positive goals for this year. 

There are also many things to look forward to in the coming months of this year like the 2020 Olympics that were postponed due to Covid-19, which will give all those athletes another chance at gold and will give viewers at home a source of excitement and entertainment. There are many trips that were left unattended in 2020 and it is possible for Covid-19 to become more under control and all those people can safely fulfill their journeys and continue learning more about the world. 

There are so many beautiful moments and people on this Earth and it is important that we as a society come together to help each other through the hard spots, and come out the end more strong and more ready for life. Every individual can find something that they want to achieve or look forward to this year  and 2021 can be a time to restart and strive for a better global community. This year can be turned around and there is still hope for every person to overcome all the events that have happened last year and to learn and move forward.