When December rolls around, there is cause for reflection. Another year over, full of experiences, memories and events that mark that time. We begin to think about resolutions and what we learned from the past year as we move onto the next.
But this year’s reflection looks different. We are nine months into a pandemic that has kept us sheltered at home and disconnected from those we love. Processing the loss and change that 2020 brought will take time. While there is hope for a vaccine in the near future, what 2021 will look like remains unclear. The Editorial Board has used this space to reflect on different aspects of the pandemic — both serious and not. You can read some of those reflections here.
While we reflect on one last issue, the Editorial Board has come up with a list of things that helped us weather the storm that was 2020. In a year like no other, these were our saving graces:
2020 was the year of Netflix and chill — literally. There is no way our sanity would still be intact if it weren't for Netflix. From Tiger King and Emily in Paris to The Queen's Gambit, Netflix original shows marked chapters of the pandemic this year. (Wait, Tiger King was THIS YEAR?)
Whether you're binging the classics or discovering new favorites, watching Netflix in bed at all times of the day is the perfect escape from reality. And yes, we are still watching. If you need us, well ... don't.
Masks have become a part of our lives this year, and any reflection on 2020 would be incomplete without them. While there was a point when we were told NOT to wear masks, things fortunately moved in the right direction. They protect us from COVID-19. They let us hide in plain sight. Though we still have to avoid the dreaded anti-maskers, masks and other face coverings have become an inextricable part of 2020. Who knows? Maybe the trend will stick around post-pandemic.