2020 ~ what a year!
By Maya Potter. During December it is natural to look back over the events of the past twelve months and what a year it has been! 2020 certainly did not turn out as we had all hoped for and planned... it had us scrambling to buy face masks, using hand sanitizer by the gallon and experiencing lockdown for the first time; and those are the lucky ones. To date, there has been 78.3 million* reported cases worldwide and very, very tragically, 1.7 million people have lost their lives. Our emergency and health care services have been pushed well over their limits and we all now know what a global pandemic looks and feels like... It has been a year like no other and everyone has had a different experience of Coronavirus, which still continues to impact our everyday lives. 2020 is the year that everyone around the world, shared a common-lived experience; fighting COVID. However, as we near the end of the year, we can reflect on the positivity that has shone through this difficult time. Community Spirit An increased sense of community has been one of the few constants throughout 2020. The Thursday night ritual of households bringing their pots, pans and noise makers to front doorsteps and balconies to show appreciation for carers, NHS staff and key workers, united people across the nation. Many households admitted that they had never spoken to their neighbours before the clapping custom began. Togetherness and solidarity have definitely been one of the silver linings this year and strong communities have been formed. Supporting Others Raising money and contributing to fundraising efforts; doing a food shop for an elderly neighbour; volunteering to help those who are vulnerable; or reaching out to someone who lives alone, are just some of the examples of how people have supported each other. These gestures of kindness have made a huge difference this year. Neighbours, colleagues, friends and family have been there for one another when it mattered the most. The Simple Things Lockdown gave some of us no choice but to slow down from our usual hectic routines. However, it did provide the opportunity to appreciate the simple aspects of life that can get overlooked day-to-day. Whether it was having time to learn new skills; the freedom to explore nature or finding value in new hobbies, this year has allowed us to take some time for ourselves, away from the noise of daily life, and focus our attentions differently. Although 2020 has been an extremely challenging year [and could be called 'the year of the Face mask'] and one that we will be pleased to see the end of, we can choose to take the positive aspects of the year into 2021. Maintaining a strong community spirit; supporting one another and appreciating the smaller things in life are all things we can continue into the new year. Wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas; and a healthy and Happy New Year! * Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/