Reflecting on 2020, taking lessons into 2021

Written by Rumbidzai Mashavave

2020, a mixed bag of loss, hope, pain and a new normal.

One where 1.7 million lives were lost to the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide as of 27th of December 2020. Losing a single life, is a great loss on its own. One where technology and biotech were the dominating sectors thanks to Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdown showed us, nothing is permanent. We had the British Airways, BP and Hilton Hotels announcing the laying off over 21,000 jobs collectively and more giants doing the same. We saw Lamborghini and Range Rovers lining up for food banks in the US. Equity markets tested the 2008 market crash.

Zoom, Microsoft Teams became our meeting place for lectures, meetings, churches and conferences. Battling structural racism, the voice of Black Lives Matter Movement following the death of George Floyd was heard louder than before.

On a lighter note, dare I say, there were more swiping left and right on online dating sites.

Sad as it may seem,  it brought the global world together. The conferences that were confined to a few 100s in attendance were accessible to the 1000s globally.

2020 also gave us a time to reflect. Reflect on myself as a person, my identity.

Sometimes the world seems against you

The journey may leave a scar

But scars can heal and reveal just

Where you are

I am Moana written by Opetaia Foa’i; Lin-Manuel Miranda & composed by Mark Mancina in the movie, Moana  

Reflect on

how I contribute towards my own safety and the safety of others. Am I always wearing a mask, washing my hands and socially distanced? Sadly I still meet people who do not wear masks in public enclosed places.

Am I throwing away food I could have given to someone who does not have? Or money I would have saved by Befriending my freezer.

It’s about stripping our titles, social status and political views to  

care enough for the living

Make it a better place For you and for me

Heal the World – Michael Jackson

In 2020, the global community made renditions of The Blessing by Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe, Steven Furtick and Chris Brown in different nations and languages. The song in itself is a timely song of blessing and peace. It’s the coming together as one, to sing it, that should be our way of living – shared futures.

We can only overcome Covid- 19 if we truly work together. We can truly be circular when the people are at the center of conversations in circular economy.

2020 hurt like hell, but remember, its not wasted, its a resource in the lessons we take to 2021! As a wise baboon, Rafiki said to Simba:

Yes the past can hurt, but the way I see it, you either run from it or learn from it

Lion King

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