My Thoughts on Events in 2020

Posted on June 20, 2020

It seems like the world is on fire right now.

Unless you have been living under a rock, I’m guessing you know what's been going on in the world. From the COVID-19 Global Pandemic to the Protests against Police Brutality, it seems like everyone’s lives have been affected in some way, shape, or form. I’m not going to reveal my sides on these topics but I just want to share my overall thoughts and honestly… I didn’t think this would matter to me.

It may be selfish to not care about what’s going on in the world, but I’ve always felt like there was a barrier between me and current events. As a 23-year old Technician and Web Designer, I had the mindset that most things shown on the news would never reach my local community, family, and friends. It was kinda like watching a reality TV show but for ‘real’ people somewhere else and everyone can just simply wander around it. Heck, we do that in traffic jams as well.

So when I first heard of the foreign pathogen crushing China’s economy, I assumed they would handle it with ease and would it be forgotten in a few months. When I saw a black man murdered on the news by a cop, my thoughts were: "well, we’re all angry and shouting just like last time but nobody cares enough to fight back, right?”

2020 has shown me that even something so small in size, like the Coronavirus, or an incident a hundred miles from me like the murder of George Floyd, a man I never even met or knew existed, could still impact my social circle. I now see the new normal people are talking about.

My question is, how long will this last? How long before society gets back to the old normal? Is it even possible to get back to the old normal and if not, are we on the path to a better normal? Whatever the answer is, I hope the few people that are reading this are doing okay. I hope you are safe, healthy, and know that your life matters not just to you but to everyone that knows you, loves you, and thinks about you.