2020S FEARS AND 2021S HOPES
BY ARIANA CINI
With over 1.4 million deaths worldwide, COVID-19 is significantly impacting nearly every corner of our society in unprecedented ways.
The disruptions caused by the pandemic are devastating: our world has been traumatized by the new virus, the social impact and the economic collapse behind it.
Data says that tens of millions of people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty and the concern is always higher.
The COVID-19 situation is not playing out in the same way from place to place.
After strong lockdowns countries such as China, New Zealand and Rwanda have reached a low level of cases. Whereas there are nations like the United States and Brazil in which lockdowns were never activated nationwide and now cases are rising fast, becoming unmanageable.
But the results from successful lockdowns suggest that personal behavioral changes, such as wearing safety masks and washing hands, could help to stem the tide of infections reducing the spread of the virus.
We can therefore affirm that the choices made by governments and especially by the individuals are at the basis of everything.
We must resolve ourselves to it, there will be no going back to the way things were.
Our world has already been in pandemic mood for a year and a half with intermittent lockdowns and the spread of the virus is still ongoing around the world.
This past year has been a rollercoaster for us, life is visibly different now and although it could be hard, we have to consider a different type of future.
2020 has been deeply painful for everyone; we lost opportunities, we didn’t travel as much as we wanted, we were forced to stay home and we have heard lots of people trying to have conversations in topics they had no knowledge about, just for the sake of talking.
It hasn’t been the year we expected and now we are vulnerable, and we are physically, emotionally and economically fragile.
But we have to take the good with the bad and we need to collect und cultivate the good seeds of 2020. This past year brought us respite and time to pause and reflect; it brought us to mind what really matters and it helped us to enjoy the little things in life.
It also reminded us of our numerous blessings, so many we take for granted everyday, like a good health, food, clean water and a roof over our heads.
In addition, it inspired people to embrace their creative side, allowing them to reconnect with old passions and discover new ones.
Now 2020 is drawing to a close and we are ready to jump into a better year; we will start 2021 armed with understanding, patience and hard lessons learned from this past year.
Each new year everyone has a lot of hopes, wishes and dreams, but this year more than any other.
We have to do everything we can to help each other and I am here to give you five pieces of advice to make everything easier for everyone:
1- SHOP LOCAL!
Show your support for local business, buying from independent owned businesses, rather than national chains. It’s great for you, for the locals and for our planet.
2- GIVE IMPORTANCE TO HANDMADE!
It’s another way to support local economy. Don’t forget that each purchase you makes, gives the artist or the maker more confidence in their product, a chance to develop their skills further and the opportunity to re-invest the money back to their business carrying on producing beautiful works of art.
3- LOCAL MARKETS AND NOT SUPER MARKETS!
Go to local markets to get fresh vegetables, fruits and beautiful flowers. Small, well-organized communities are the future.
4- BE A CONCIOUS TRAVELER!
Make smarter choices in very aspect of your future trips: try to travel as sustainable as possible, support local restaurants, handmade souvenirs and support taxi drivers. Spend your money wisely.
5- DONATE IF YOU CAN!
If you have the possibility donate to families in need, hospitals and schools of your county, artists and charity projects. Donate!
We are in need of stability and each one of us can make the difference.