For many, 2020 has felt like the longest year in history! It’s been a year where there has been so much happening all at once, and yet so little at the same time. We’ve been locked down, fed up and have had to come up with as many ways as we can just to get through each passing day without going insane – and at times, it’s felt like there’s no end to it.
However, there is! A new year is on the horizon, (hopefully) bringing a lot of change with it. So, as we say ‘goodbye’ to 2020 and say ‘hello’ to 2021, let’s not spend another moment looking back.
Here are just a few things we can look forward to in 2021!
The Roll-Out Of The Coronavirus Vaccine
This is the most obvious one, of course, but as we continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to forget that there is a light at the end of the tunnel – and that light comes in the form of the Coronavirus vaccine being steadily rolled-out across the UK.
While we’re yet to hear a date when the government hopes everyone will have been vaccinated against COVID-19, we can rest easier knowing that the roll-out is happening as quickly and as thoroughly planned-out as possible, and that the pandemic may be a strange but distant memory by this time in 2021.
While our main emotion when reflecting on the arrival of a vaccine is, of course, relief, we should all also take a moment to think about what a landmark moment this is for developments in science and medicine – if we can develop a vaccine to fight a brand new virus in less than a year, what can’t we do?
Everything We Had To Postpone In 2020
One of the most frustrating side-effects of the pandemic was having to postpone events that we had been looking forward to in 2020, but can now look forward to in 2021.
In our personal lives, most of us will have had to put plans on hold for a wide range of different events, including weddings, holidays, parties, moving home… and we can’t wait to get back to planning these events when it’s safe to do so.
It’s not just on a personal level, either – plenty of exciting world events were cancelled in 2020 that we can now look forward to in 2021. It’ll be an exciting year for sports fans, who have both the Olympics and the World Cup to look forward to, with both set to take place in Japan.
Music fans can get their tents and wellies ready for the return of summer music festivals, too. While not every festival has yet confirmed their return, it’s expected that many will go ahead as normal in the coming year.
In short, 2020 may have been the year of staying in, but you can get ready for your social calendar to be double-booked in 2021!
While there are many uncertainties in life, one of the things we felt we could always rely on was being able to spend time with family and friends – something which was unexpectedly taken away from us in 2020.
This year has left us thinking about just how much the people in our lives really mean to us and just how valuable that quality time together is. While we all miss dining out, bars, clubs and pubs, there’s nothing we’ve missed more throughout 2020 than freely being able to be close to those we love. The majority of us have family members we have barely seen, friends we’ve barely spoken to, a relationship that became a lot more distant very quickly… and we can’t wait to make the most of these important connections in 2021.
While technology means that we’re rarely left unable to speak to those we love, we’ve realised that communication online is no substitute for the real thing. The sooner we can see the ones we love in person, the better.
We Can Focus On The Good News
They say that no news is good news, but in 2020, there has never been no news! News coverage has been very firmly centred around the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving lesser known positive news stories to fade into the background amongst the noise.
In case you missed it, 2020 was also the year that almost 50 species of birds and mammals were saved from extinction, the conversation surrounding race inequality led to important laws and movements being introduced around the world, global carbon emissions fell by a record-breaking 7% and scientists in Australia developed a vaccine that could potentially fight cancer!
As the Coronavirus vaccine is rolled out, it looks like the pandemic may finally be taking a less central role in news coverage within a few months time, leaving us with the opportunity to reflect on the more positive news and changes happening around the world.
We Can Finally Use Everything We Have Learned In 2020
2020 has given us plenty of time to reflect on the things that are important to us, on both a personal level and on a wider scale – leaving little doubt that we’ll all be doing things a bit differently when we return to normality.
We’ve learned to appreciate the things that we take for granted, such as being able to visit a family member or browse our favourite stores without worrying for our safety.
We had time to develop new skills, reflect on our careers and all of the things we want to do, take in plenty of interesting and engaging content from around the internet and on television.
Overall, we’ve learnt to appreciate the little things in life – and we can’t wait to get out and show our appreciation to our favourite places and people throughout 2021.
There’s no doubt that this year has been the most challenging in many of our lives, but from every challenge comes new knowledge and wisdom and a change in the way that we look at things. Let’s try our very best not to dwell on what was, but instead look ahead to all the positive things that could be coming up!
With that said, the Bits & Bobbets team would like to wish every single one of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and (hopefully) normal 2021!
Happy New Year, everyone!