I know, we would all much rather forget this year ever happened. Perhaps when it is over, we can all agree to wipe if off from the history books…
Because really, what has not happened in 2020?! The lungs of the earth were attacked, then the virus started attacking our lungs! Toilet paper is apparently worth more than gold. All social gatherings have been cancelled, it is like that time Dolores Umbridge took over Hogwarts, but worse!
Grocery shopping has become a page from ‘The Handmaids Tale’. Entire cities and countries are on lockdown… we are almost living out George Orwell‘s 1984. Even the asteroids wanted to have a go at us. It has gotten so bad that we are not even phased by the proven existence of UFOs! All I have to say is how dare the aliens leave us at our lowest?!
On a serious note, the year has been difficult. While we are forced to stay at home and adhere to social distancing rules, our economies are collapsing. Businesses are forced to close shop and people are losing their jobs. The line between rich and poor has never been more clear. Those living from hand-to-mouth are left with no means to survive. How do you survive a lockdown when you cannot put food on the table?! There is a shortage of protective gear for front-line workers, and a shortage of ventilators for the critically ill. We have lost so many lives. Life as we know it has been taken away, and we are all realising now what truly matters.
In the midst of all the suffering, there is somewhat a silver lining. Sure there was panic in the beginning, but we are learning to love one another through necessary action. Many organisations and individuals have been providing aid to those who need it. We are being kinder to each other, and reconnecting to those closest to us. We are asking ourselves what we can do to help, and committing to making this time a little more bearable for others.
When it is finally over, I hope we look back at 2020 as the year when love triumphed… the year where we all did what we could to help those around us. Whether that is simply staying home, feeding a family in need, or supplying effective re-usable face masks to the public. The little things add up, and if we all do just a little good… we can walk out of this with our humanity intact.
Yours in solidarity,