Was It That Bad?
Was 2020 so bad? Really?
I write this after hearing a lot of the usual end of year comments “Thank (insert deity here) it’s over!” - “Next year will be better!” and I have to question if this year was any worse than any of the previous. Yes we have had an extra fear of dying whilst choking on our own snot and vomit from yet another bug, parasite, germ, disease, virus that seem to hit us firmly in the face in one variety or other but is that different that anything else in the 19th, 20th and 21st century? There is seemingly something to test us beyond the norm in most years for the past several hundred, maybe even several thousand of them. Its certainly been inconveniant but without meaning to somehow disparage any poor souls who have passed due to Covid-19 there has not been that many people lost compared to any previous year or decade that may not have tripped the light fantastic anyway due to age, health etc. Let me be clear, I am in no way saying this is unimportant and no more worrying that say the Flu because it plainly is, what I am saying is that it may not have made that much difference in the end, we shall never know because it is impossible to judge a current present with a possible present that may or may not have happened.
It’s certainly been a fairly normal year for this guy at least and in general this household. I admit that this Christmas holiday period has been different due to restricting travel and wearing masks in shopping centres but those things have been so minscule in reality the only real upset was that we didn’t always get to do what we wanted. Some people find that thought abhorrent but those people are selfish and afraid in general, we are not and as such it was just that, an inconvenience. As someone very close to the danger age bracket maybe it would have been worse had I caught it, and there is still a chance I could, but the inner me says i’d be fine and probably less sick than I was at the start of the year with a fairly normal Flu virus.
There is of course the financial aspects of certain business and they are still having trouble now but a lot of these businesses seem to be very fragile without any outside factors causing mayhem and a large part of me wonders how much of that is their own fault. Could it be that this extra on top merely pushed them over the edge because they were already teetering close to the cliff and assumed everything would be fine? Some, no. Some, yes. Does that make it right? Of course not but 2021, 2022 and beyond will not fix what is already broken if so and it WILL happen again if they do not change things around. To counter this, many of us got to work from Home for the same pay or close enough whilst our expenditures came in less due to transport etc. I won’t even get in to the argument that heating and food went up because thats mostly complete BS and is easily shot down with common sense. Speaking of working from Home, no more can they say “It doesn’t work” because it plainly does so when you all go back to the office and suggest working from Home again and they give you that look, just stare back because they know they are now fucked.
It sucked not being able to see family when we wanted but there appears to be just as many who were happy to take a break from family pressures and worries without having to make excuses because we already have the best one! “I can’t come Dad, Covid!”. For some of course not being able to take that Holiday was awful but… Well, I already mentioned those kind up there somewhere in a previous paragraph and they need less attention, not more.
There are some good things from this year too. We got rid of a Ginger asshole, or are at least in the process of it. We did some cool space shit. Global Warming became almost impossible to ignore even for the stupidest people and a lot of changes deemed to be bad turned out to be just fine after all, not that we will hear about them because (s) Brexit is only bad news (/s). We created new avenues for freindships as we curtailed social anxiety for many people by reaching out with the humble webcam. Online communities blossomed and became the norm reducing the social backlash that has hindered them for far too long because old people didn’t get it. The young of today stood out to be counted whilst the 20+ student generation showed their true face and stood out as selfish imbeciles (I count this as a good thing).
All in all, 2020 sucked. It sucked because every year sucks to some extent but it also ranged from great to fine to simply OK depending on how you delt with it and I guarantee 2021 will have just as many people at the end of it cursing the fact that some 91 year old celebrity died or some random shop in the middle of nowhere closed down and any other number of things that happen every single year regardless of pandemics.
With all that said, have a good end of year and a good next year. I certainly intend to make the best of whatever comes my way because otherwise, what the hell is the point?