“2020 in a nutshell”

After the passing of both my sister (46) and brother (62) in 2019, I was ready to turn the page on a bad year and had high hopes for 2020.

Careful what you wish for.

The year started with the devastating bush fires in Australia, it seemed that the fires would never go out. When it was all said and done, 47 million acres were turned to ash, killing countless animals and at least 34 people. Not to mention the environmental nightmare the fires left in their wake.

Not long after the fires came a pandemic that scientist had warned us would eventually come.

Covid-19 was here.

People around the world express panic in various behaviors. This affected the economies of most countries, social values, and psychological stress of the people involved, regardless of the directness of contact with the infected.

To date Covid has infected 81,588,639 people and killed over 1,780,038.

The political fallout was also amazing to watch. People refusing to wear masks citing “My body, my choice”… seemingly oblivious to the fact that not wearing a masks is not a punishment, and not wearing one would actually endanger others. So much for caring for your fellow man.

A Trump sign was usually not far away from this group of protesters.

It was just another example of how divided our society really was, it took Covid to bring all kinds of prejudices to the forefront. This wasn’t only an American issue, anti maskers were protesting across the world.

Egged on by Donald Trump’s bravado, it was becoming an “ us vs them” society, and people were getting militant in their beliefs and became determined to show it.

Trumps impeachment would soon follow for charges that he asked Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The Senate eventually acquitted him in February. This just added gasoline to the already deeply divided left and right. Media outlets were having their best year ever and depending on which network you watched, Fox or CNN news, showed clearly what side you were on.

With the Corona virus still raging on, not only deaths but a global recession was taking its toll on most societies as the world, unilaterally, went into lockdown.

In the middle of all this came the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor at the hands of the police. This caused riots across the globe in protest of the predominantly white police forces and their archaic rules of engagement and prejudice towards people of colour. 

The race for the presidency was heating up by then with the nomination of an elderly “old school” politician named Joe Biden, he was the best choice the democrats could agree on in an attempt to topple the incumbent President Trump.

Murder hornets were threatening to invade, Kobe Bryant was dead and Jeffrey Epstein mysteriously hung himself in a NYC jail.

As the bush fires in Australia started to abate, the fires on the west coast of America were just about to heat up. When it was all said and done, millions of acres were burned on the west coast of the US causing a major environmental disaster.

Not surprisingly, the “super spreader commander and chief” contracted the Covid-19 virus himself. He would triumphantly stage what looked like a Broadway play as he returned to the white house by helicopter after getting the all clear from the virus.

His euphoria was short lived when it was declared that Joe Biden had won the election in November and would be the next President of the United States, making Trump a lowly “one term” President.

Kicking and screaming, Trump refused to secede and mounted over 50 lawsuits to try to negate the results and steel the election, most of which were laughed out of court.

It was an amazing year to be sure. Even though we’re still going through periods of lockdowns, wearing masks and bitching about the 15 pounds we may have gained, it still could have been worse.

Medical experts like Dr. Fauci say that the virus was nowhere near as deadly as the Spanish Flu in the early 1900’s, a virus that killed over 50 million people globally.

A nurse checking on a patient at the Walter Reed Hospital Flu Ward during the influenza pandemic, Washington DC, circa 1918.

In spite of all that has happened, there is still optimism leading into 2021.

A new vaccine is on it’s way, a new President of the United States is taking office and there’s hope that new efforts will be made to save our precious planet.

Do I dare to look forward to 2021? After 2 years of turmoil I could sure use the break.

So I’ll keep my fingers crossed and push away that old saying…..

never 2 without 3!

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