2020 is finally over.
The past year has been nothing short of insane. COVID-19 has been topping the news headlines for most of the year around the world. The worst part of it is of course, the lives that have been taken away from us. Humanity had been helpless against it when it first came into existence, but as proof of our resilience we have been able to fight back. It had been a slow but steady climb but I believe that humanity had a chance to come back from a great blow. And you have to look at it from this perspective in order to see the brighter side of the year that was.
It had taught some of us that there are other ways of working and studying. While there are jobs that cannot be done from the comfort of home, those that can have made a difference for some people. And because everyone has their own opinion on this, we are still divided on which is the better option and who are the people who really benefit from it. Personally, online learning didn’t work for us and work from home had not been an option in my line of work. And everyone’s circumstances may lean on one side or the other.
Alright. We all know what 2020 had brought about to our lives. There are things that we probably won’t understand until much later about what happened and why it happened. But 2020 is now past tense. We need to stop looking back at what went wrong and instead focus on what we can do to make things right. There are no pointing fingers since we are all still in the dark. So let us look forward instead to what 2021 holds for us.
School starts as normal in sunny Singapore on the first week on January. Work is still work and with the Phase 3 opening of Singapore’s Circuit Breaker, we are expecting to see more and more people in the workplace. That means more people on buses and trains. It won’t be comfortable, that much is certain. And that is both physically and socially. We still don’t know how much contagion is still out there and everyone is still a target for the virus. We can only keep on being diligent and continue practicing safe distancing wherever we are. And wherever it is practical to do so. Like I said, there is no use pointing fingers so if there are inconsiderate people around, let us put it upon ourselves to be the responsible ones. We still don’t know how the Phase 3 opening will affect the current population so it is still best to move forward with caution.
The past year has already been bleak and grey. Let us make this coming year brighter. Although the circumstances may differ somewhat, let us make the most of what have to have a good day every day in 2021.