We Survived 2020

Here Are 5 Things It Taught Us

Two women sitting on sofa with 2020 baloons
Two women sitting on sofa with 2020 baloons
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1. Long Term Planning Sucks

Oh, how young and naive we were back then in December 2019. We’ve made new year resolutions. We promised to be better, to travel more, to see our grandparents and parents more often. Where did all that get us?

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” — John Lennon

2020 taught us that we need to stay flexible. Even if you do need long term plans, make sure to leave enough room for shifts and changes.

2. We are Weaker Than We Hoped

The Israeli historian and author of several bestsellers, Yuval Noah Harari, talks about the fantastic path humanity took to conquer the 3 main problems that threatened it since its creation: Wars, starvation, and plagues.

3. We are Stronger Than We Feared

Even in the darkest days of the pandemic, we prevailed. In the midst of fear and hopelessness, millions chose hope. All over the world people went out to balconies and doorsteps, filled the air with chants and claps. We looked despair in the eye and burst into song.

4. We Depend on Each Other, for Better or Worse

We spent 2020 isolated. Far from our families and friends, unable to shake hands or hug. And yet, we were more connected than ever.

5. Technology is Our Friend, Sometimes

Never in history had there been a better time to battle a pandemic. Technology had a tremendous part in allowing humanity to lead a sort-of-normal life during 2020.

I love writing about what I love. Journalist. Always curious. Israeli born, London based. Father, Husband, and a dog person.

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