Our 2020 Recap
We didn’t even need the coronavirus to make 2020 a terrible year; we started with a drone strike nearly causing World War III, Australia burning down, and Kobe Bryant dying. But in it came anyway, sauntering drunkenly into the spotlight with the grace and tact of a poorly lobotomized gorilla.
This was supposed to be a thorough recap of 2020, but it is genuinely difficult to look back over the last 12 months and produce anything cohesive. The linear progression of time broke sometime in March; days started lasting months, then months started lasting days, then back and forth at erratic intervals. This year was less a steadily flowing river and more a violently churning bowl of stew that constantly slammed us against crisis after crisis, never allowing enough time to fully grasp each one’s enormity before a fresh lurch sent us careening into something new and horrifying.
Hurricanes, murder hornets, the deaths of irreplaceable figures like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, impeachment, stock market crashes, a colossal explosion in Beirut, the most acrimonious election in living memory, California erupting into flames; year-defining event crashed into year-defining event until the only legible definition left was “prolonged screaming.”
2020 taught us that we don’t have to be alone, and, that there are countless heroes out there doing everything in their power to keep the world turning. All the little things you did, like dining in, canceling big gatherings, or settling for seeing your friends via Zoom, made things a little better. Your efforts mattered, and you should be proud; odds are, you’re the reason somebody else made it to the end.
Enjoy the relief of 2020 ending, but don’t get drunk on it. Learn how to fix what you can. Keep checking in on friends and family far and wide. And, don’t forget this: as a man who deeply loved humanity once said, “goddammit, you’ve got to be kind.”