Can I just begin to say that this year has been one hell of catastrophic rollercoaster. 2020 was meant to be the year that many were supposed to finish either high school, finish college or graduate from university. 2020 was meant to be the year that new chapters opened, and old chapters closed. Within the first two months the world was put on standstill and hit with a global pandemic (COVID-19) a virus killing thousands and infecting millions, affecting businesses leaving many people without a job. Many had their exams cancelled and their results decided by teachers.
After several months in lockdown, being able to leave the house was a very daunting experience, our lifestyles look completely different and normal wasn’t so normal anymore.
This year then took a turn for the worst with a national out-cry within the black community after a series of racial attacks towards black men and women. Discrimination and racial abuse has never taken a break against the black community. And this is after 400 years of oppression, due to systematic racism.
Millions of people across the world from different ethnicities and backgrounds came together as a massive community and protested honouring the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement, giving people a voice to be heard. Most importantly, this will hopefully give justice for people such as; Amaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many more to name.
To add to this year, more devastation – the famine in Yemen has resulted in millions of people being left to starve. It’s said to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, this is hugely impacting on young children.
However, there has been some good to come from 2020. It has shown how people can come together in solidarity, with the Thursday claps across the whole of the UK to praise the NHS for their hard work and bravery. Millions of pounds were raised in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and with some restrictions easing, people are able to return back to some sort of normality.
Lastly the one thing that 2020 should have taught us is to be thankful, to not take anything for granted and to cherish every single moment with your loved ones because tomorrow is never promised.
This year will definitely go down in history as one to remember.