Looking Back

Whatever else you say about 2020, you can’t say that you’ll forget it.

Last year will stand out in the memories of everyone who lived through it for dozens of reasons. A contentious presidential election to a worldwide pandemic that has killed almost 2 million people. Many people lost their jobs and many lost their businesses.

So was there anything good about 2020?

We have learned to appreciate a lot of things, like our health, our families, our friends, our co-workers, and our jobs.

Before last year, unless we got sick or injured, most of us didn’t stop to think about how much doctors, nurses, and hospital staff do for us. We do now.

And unless we have kids currently in school, we don’t think about how hard our teachers, administrators, and staff work. We do now.

We have stopped to think about how important other professions are – our truck drivers, sanitation workers, and grocery store employees.

I think we all have a lot more appreciation for our lives and the ordinary things that we took for granted before 2020. Dinner with friends, big family gatherings, going to concerts and the movies, visiting your grandparents, working out at the gym, volunteering at your kids’ school, two-stepping on a crowded dance floor – so many things that we gave up or delayed in 2020.

Growing up

A lot of us have learned some new skills, too, from grandparents finding out how to Facetime their kids and grandkids to large and small companies discovering that most meetings can be conducted via Zoom – and everyone figuring out how to do that.

Restaurants have discovered different ways to serve their food, from the curbside, advanced take-out, and delivery. 

Like a lot of people, due to travel restrictions and working from home. My husband and I got a lot of long-delayed chores done around our house, like replacing our fence. Or cleaning out the attic and garage, and painting several rooms. We even expanded our vegetable garden.

With the money we saved from not traveling, we got a new mattress and a stovetop.

Friends welcomed new babies, others married and some managed to meet the loves of their lives.

There were so much suffering and loss in 2020. Many people will feel the effects from 2020 for years, some for the rest of their lives. People have lost their houses, their incomes, their health, and their moms and dads.

Not many of us want to re-live in 2020, but all of us are hoping for a better and happier 2021.

Like someone pointed out the other day, after the Spanish Influenza that killed 500 million people from 1918-1920, the world celebrated with the Roaring ‘20s. Soon happy days will be here again.

By Amanda Rogers for Surepoint Medical Centers

Amanda Rogers is a freelance writer based in Fort Worth, Texas

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