By Alicia Chen
Let’s be honest, 2020 hasn’t been the greatest year. There’ve been a lot of negative things that have happened this year, and we have had even more time to focus on all of these negatives, but let’s focus some more on the positives of 2020. Here are just a few positive highlights of a year we will all remember:
We learned to appreciate simple tasks. One year ago, we would’ve never imagined how much we would appreciate the privilege of going outside to the grocery store without having to worry about masks, and sanitizer. Going to school in person and seeing friends seems like such a freedom after being deprived of it when we experienced lockdown.
There was significantly less air pollution this year. Due to the lack of people going to work, the grocery stores, and other places that need transportation, the amount of cars on the road was lessened. Therefore, the Earth finally had some time off from the stress of carbon emissions. There was so much less air pollution in the atmosphere, that people could see Mount Everest from India, for the first time in decades.
2020 was the year for EG state championships. Field hockey, boys and girls soccer, and eSports. What a year for EG sports.
We learned the words “screen share”. These two words are a staple in distance learning and help make it possible. Without the ability to share your screen, distance learning life would be a hassle.
SpaceX launched two astronauts into space for the first time. On May 3rd, 2020, two American were launched into space from America, for the first time in over a decade. Technology has advanced greatly, and this could lead to many more innovations in the future.
We all learned to appreciate frontline workers more. Before the pandemic, we never acknowledged frontline workers as much as we should’ve. Our views of who is a frontline worker was broadened from just healthcare workers to firefighters, grocery store workers, and teachers.
And finally we all came together to create a vaccine in less than a year. Many vaccines take much longer to develop, lasting closer to 10 years. Now, with the vaccine out, the future, and 2021, is looking much brighter. There is finally a light at the end of a very, very, long tunnel.