Personally, 2020 was an exciting year for a fresh start. In Jersey, like many
other places, we live in a society that respects science, where being
entrusted with such knowledge confers power. Entering unprecedented
territory (such as a global pandemic), this power presents both positive
solutions and highlights terrible problems. Issues that have impacted
our social, ethical, and psychological well being, however, include:
We interact virtually more than ever.
We reassess our values on a more frequent basis.
Funnily enough, at a time where there is so much of physical
disconnect, personally I feel united more than ever.
In 2020, we are finally accepting that it is ok not to be ok.
February 2020, strolling around Rome, the talk of a pandemic was just
hearsay and another mechanism where I, like many, was sceptical. Before
we reached our next trip to New York City, the term ‘social distancing’
entered into our day-to-day vocabulary. The implementation of social
distancing was seen as much as a political measure as a public health
one. “You will never see Times Square and Central Park like this”, due
to the tranquil but eerie nature of the iconic landmarks of the Big
Apple. With our trip cut short we could see anxiety, apprehension and
insecurity had set in, COVID-19 was here to stay.
I have lost friends in 2020. I became closer to others. I have had to work
from home. It allowed me to re-evaluate and change jobs.
Jersey Bulls FC in their inaugural season had broken a British record
of 31 consecutive wins in competitive football, only for our season to
be ‘Null and Void’. We re-charged mentally, focused on what is truly
important and have come back stronger.
I couldn’t hug my Mum or Nan for 3 months. We had fun doing outdoor
exercise, turning healthy decisions into habits. We have missed exploring
the world. We have spent more time appreciating and exploring our
beautiful island than ever before.
Globally there has been social injustice, climate change and racial
inequality. It has resulted in positive movements, accountability towards
our environment and a continued stand for equality.
The above examples in 2020 were a way of aligning and re-affirming
my perspective. In every challenging experience, there is an opportunity
to learn and grow. 2020, the year I have had a chance to reset. We still
don’t know what is around the corner. But I know to re-prioritise what
is important and how to direct my energy moving forward. 2020 will
always be remembered for changing our perception of normality.
Finally, 2020 presents a new era that is going to be full of opportunities.
How has 2020 changed your perspective?