The year 2020 – the start of a brand new decade. Many felt this would be the start of something new in our lives as we said goodbye to the twenteens and wondered what the twenties would hold. Unfortunately, that new was ‘the new normal’.
2020 is a year, I’m sure, a lot of people won’t be sad to say goodbye to. But, like we did last year when we looked back over a decade, we can look over the past year and ask ourselves what have we learnt from this unpredictable, unprecedented, and often scary, twelve months?
1. First things first – our medical staff and people in related roles are heroes. Never have cleaning roles been so highly thought of by the majority of the population, and hopefully this will lead a continued change in how we value jobs that some people say are ‘beneath’ them. They are vital to our country, and never more so than in a pandemic.
The Banksy painting which showed a young boy’s toy box filled with discarded superhero figures while he played with a new superhero – a nurse, complete with cape – could not have depicted a nation’s love for what these medical warriors were doing for our country more. Thank you NHS.
2. Teachers are saints. For anyone who needed to home school their children during lockdown, I’m sure they found out that, even if they didn’t know already, just how much teachers do in their role, and how difficult a job it is.
3. The 23rd March 2020 was the day that lockdown began in the UK, but the days leading up to that was where we saw scenes in shops that many people had never experienced before – panic buying. From this, I think we learnt to keep a bit of a stock pile of things, just in case. Certain things like flour and toilet rolls are some of the first things that ran out. Supermarket delivery slots are another thing, but you can’t bulk buy those unfortunately!
4. Technology is vital to our everyday lives, whether we like it or not. Video calling became a massive thing, as well as meetings online for work.
5. Lastly, and probably the most important of them all – keeping in touch with our loved ones. Whether it’s good friends, or family members, not being able to see them really brought home to a lot of people how much that communication is needed.
What have you learnt from 2020? Let me know in the comments below.