Some positives from 2020…and many more to look forward to in 2021

Posted 18th Dec 2020

The general feeling shared by the world’s population is that 2020 and been a stinker of a year, for quite obvious reasons I hear you shout, and there is no way to sugar coat it, the Coronavirus pandemic has been so much more than troublesome. However, that’s not what this blog is about, I’m not burying my head in the sand, but, like the vast majority of you I’m sure, I’m tired of bleak news and negative sentiments. Yes Covid-19 cases are still rising in many areas of the UK and just this last weekend many of us have of course entered an even higher ‘tier’ and so even more depressing restrictions, certainly as far as certain economies go, not to mention personal liberty.

Let us still try and be positive though, Covid-19 vaccines have now been developed and their roll-out is already under way (something that until a month or so ago, we didn’t expect until well into next year), Donald Trump has finally conceded defeat (well kind of), the days are now starting to get longer, signally that Spring is slowly on its way and the market for recruitment services (something clearly close to my own heart) is, while still a little precarious, showing signs of an up-turn.

2020 has also seen some, possibly obscure, but nonetheless positive events that you may or may not be aware of.

The EU bans single-use plastics…

Coming into force from 2021, EU member states will no longer be able to use plastic cutlery, straws, drink stirrers, plastic takeout containers, and other environmentally damaging single-use plastics.

Humpback whales are bouncing back

The humpback whale was almost hunted to extinction in the early half of the twentieth century. The global population had dropped to 450 and the species was critically endangered. Since the 1980s, an international ban on commercial hunting of humpbacks has seen the population grow dramatically to where it is today, approximately twenty-five thousand whales, close to the pre-hunting global population.

…and Cher even saved an elephant from 27 years of abuse…

The eternal pop singer, Cher, hired a legal team to defend the rights of a captive elephant that had started to self-harm as a result of years of abuse. After several years and much personal expense, the Islamabad High Court ruled the elephant and others animals must be freed and the zoo where they were living to be closed. Kavaan will soon be transferred to a sanctuary in Cambodia where he can live the rest of his life in peace.

 

Getting back to 2021 though, as that’s where we’re heading, full steam ahead now…

You’ll soon be able to travel so much further than the supermarket…

We may have been limited to where we can go throughout most of this year and it has made for a bit of a miserable time, but it has given us the impetus to get cracking with the travel bucket list! No more procrastinating, no more excuses, it is time to book that skydiving meditation retreat in Inner Mongolia.

For those of you that do of course, you can continue to enjoy more remote working…

The unexpected cultural shift of this year will continue and grow in the next. Working from home is now pretty much the new normal and it’s a trend not expected to reverse course in 2021. More flexible working, a better work/life balance, more time spent with the family etc. are for many all positive changes that will continue to improve our lives next year, without by the way, and this will take some adjustment and even innovation, impacting the high street services too much in the process I hope.

Hug people outside our bubble…

No, this isn’t related to a fetish, just the habitual need to have physical contact with other humans. One interesting thing to emerge from this year has been the innate desire to interact with other people. It’s something I think most of us take for granted and only when it’s taken away do we then realise how important other people and ‘human contact’ are in our daily lives.

Go shopping without a face-covering? ...

Isn’t it amazing how quickly certain aspects of day to day (even hour to hour) living have become ‘normal’? Just this last week while waiting outside a shop, I commented to my daughter that only people approaching ‘without’ masks on look unusual and not the reverse as would have most certainly been the case less than 12 months ago. True there is some debate as to whether or not the wearing of face coverings should continue even after vaccination and hey, maybe it should, as indeed it does and will in some other countries. If it does then we’ve already done the hard part and adopted it as the norm, but still…

Finally and on a personal note, but one I suspect shared by many of you…I very much look forward to again sharing drinks with friends at the pub, partying, going to concerts and expos and attending business meetings in person, rather than over Zoom

2020 has been awful and so tragic for so very many, but dwelling on the bad and ignoring the good does us no favours I guess. There have been rays of light this year and there are many more to come in 2021. Let some positivity reign and let’s try to put this year behind us as soon as possible!

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