The nightmare called 2020 is over and we survived.
What a year! I don't know about you, but I think the two things I talked and thought about the most in the past year are Trump and COVID-19. No day passed without me glued to my news app anxiously looking for the next headline, the next crazy Trump tweet or new corona numbers.
2021 seemed like the light at the end of the tunnel and with Trump losing the election and the vaccine on its way who could blame me for getting my hopes up? I was happily making travel plans with my friends, dreaming of all the places I would go and all the people I would meet.
You can imagine my surprise when I woke up on January 1st with the lockdown still in place, COVID-19 still there and Trump still on the news. A bit more sober I started in the first week of the new year, but I tried to stay optimistic (as part of my new year’s resolutions).
So, on January 6 I was nervous but hopeful when I followed the Georgia Senate election, which would decide who would gain power over the US-Senate. Around noon I texted a friend: "The Democrats are winning!! I told you 2021 is gonna be a better year!". About 30 min later the show I was watching was interrupted by breaking news: “Trump supporters storm US capitol”. My hope that with a new year we would return to normality was shrinking by the minute.
Unfortunately, global issues don’t stick to a calendar and 2021 will also be marked by a pandemic and people spreading hate and lies, but I think we got reasons to be hopeful! We have a working vaccine, the days are getting longer and with Trump out of office and banned from Twitter and Facebook we can hope for a quieter year.
As a new year’s resolution for the world, I suggest the message of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: "Together, let's make peace among ourselves and with nature, tackle the climate crisis, stop the spread of COVID-19, and make 2021 a year of healing,".
Let’s make 2021 a year of healing, and healing needs time.
Line-Marie Eichhorst, European Law student