2020 is over, but that doesn’t mean 2021 will be better.
It’s that time of year again when everyone looks back on what they accomplished or fell short on doing. 2020 brought a year of great pain, loss, and a total lack of humanity for one another. COVID-19 ravaged our country in a way none of us have seen in almost a century. We’ve lost an unconscionable number of Americans — over 340,000 with more deaths to come. Understandably, many of us are looking into the new year with the hope that 2021 will bring us something better than what we’ve experienced in 2020. However, this outlook isn’t rooted in our current reality. We aren’t going to be better off than we were just because the new year is beginning. The pandemic is the worst it’s ever been, and the country is more divided not just in political ideology but in objective reality.
COVID-19 is mutating and spreading faster than it ever has; millions face eviction, hunger, and financial ruin. Republicans and millions of their supporters, including the current president, actively support a coup to end what’s left of our democracy and so much more. None of this is going away in 2021 or beyond. Change doesn’t occur; naturally, it must be nurtured, practiced, and lived every day. We must hold each other and ourselves accountable every single day. None of our current problems will get better without a collective reflection of how we got here and what we need to do to create a country that works for all of us.
So in 2021, let’s do away with the practices that led us to this awful moment in history; let’s push one another to expand what is possible for ourselves and each other and work to create a better version of ourselves and our country. We can do hard things, but we have to do the work. If not, we’re doomed to repeat our worst mistakes.