2020 | The Year We Didn’t Expect

What a year and honestly I have no idea where to start. The year that brought us five words we thought we would never use in our lifetime. Furlough. Lockdown. Self-Isolating. Social Distancing. Coronavirus.

The global pandemic has forced us all to face personal, professional challenges head on and with no previous experience to go off on it all felt like we were trying to piece together a puzzle that was not meant to go together.

As midnight strike and we fell into 2020 full of hope and big dreams as we entered a brand new decade. 2020 was going to be our year, the greatest one.

We spend the start of year creating the best year for us, hugging friends and family, going to the theatre on Saturday night and Sunday morning bottomless brunch. Things we now will never take for granted again and all things we had no idea we wouldn’t be able to do for the rest of the year.

Saturday 23rd March 2020. A day as a nation we will never forget. The day Boris Johnson – British Prime Minster – announced the UK would be entering into a national lockdown. At this time I was at work and was tasks with something I never thought I would have to do, the ‘Closing Down Protocol’ Being very different from the usual ‘End of Day’ we had no idea how long it would be until we saw our colleagues again, how long all this was going to the last. The uncertainly was real and the realness of the pandemic was now alive.

The strangest weeks has to be the ones that followed. The empty cities, queuing to get into supermarkets, only allowed out for an hour a day for exercise and the national debate over if an Easter egg was an ‘essential item!’ Before we knew it events that were scheduled for the second end of the year were being cancelled in April. This created the slow dawning and realisation that this wasn’t going to go away any time soon. We were in this for the long-haul. 

2020 will always be known as the year of COVID19 of ‘unprecedented’ times and of getting used to a ‘new normal’, but it’s also been the year of so much more. 

Thursday 25th May 2020. The killing of George Floyd. This sparked global protests with one, clear message; Black Lives Matter. The Black Lives Matter movement was about the need for change, and transformation of attitudes towards social and racial injustice. There was a global outcry for racial equality and for awareness to be brought to how millions of people are affect every single day.

This lead to streets being renamed. Well-known brands removed logos and imagery after acknowledging some were based on racial stereotypes. Statues and portraits of historical figures were taken down after acknowledgement of their involvement in slavery. People educated themselves and continue to do so whilst calling for education curriculums to be updated to reflect and include Black history.

Wednesday 4th November 2020. The UK woke to a Trump lead and our hearts sank, before realising that the race was far from over. There was still a chance Trump could lose. One by one, states started turning blue as mail-in votes were counted and President Elect Joe Biden, and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris made history while claiming victory.

As the year started to fade, for the first time in what felt like forever, there was a glimmer of hope that there were better things to come. 

2020 – a year that has brought the absolute best and the devastating worse in the human race in so many different ways. For me it has shown the true kindness of strangers and brought us the realisation of what is actually important.

2020 has been a very different story for every single person. Some businesses have flourished while others have struggled. Some relationships have blossomed while others have been broken. Some have started their own businesses while others have gone back to unemployment. 

2020 has been a year!! But we have all gotten through one hell of an achievement – now pass the bubbles.

This year has really reminded me to celebrate the small wins that we used to take for granted. I wrote an instagram post all about appreciating the little things back in the first week of national lockdown – little did I know. As this year has gone on day after day it has made me appreciate how lovely it is to be able to to get outside for a walk when everything else was taken away. We are defiantly made out of stronger stuff than we ever thought, we can adapt and change even when it seems there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

2020 has been dominated by furlough, lockdown, social distancing, self-isolation and Coronavirus but for me I will take 2020 as a year of change, resilience, movement and transformation. Every cloud always has a silver lining.

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