2020 has been a year like no other.
- A global pandemic
- National lockdowns
- Virtual schooling
- Unbelievable injustices caught on video
- Historic levels of unemployment
- Sports seasons canceled
- Sports played in bubbles
- Businesses evaporating
- Businesses booming
- Entire airlines and cruise lines halted
- Elections altered
- Movie theaters empty
- Churches closed
- Masks everywhere
- Toilet paper nowhere
- Hand sanitizer flowing like wine
- Tom Brady and Gronk reunited in Tampa Bay
This is a crazy time. It’s like the new era of Prohibition. Except what has been prohibited is humans gathering with other humans. Like segregation for everyone. Which makes many people want to party like it’s 1999.
But 2020 is the most interesting and unique year we have ever experienced. And it is making us all more interesting and unique as a result.
We are now more experienced, more capable and more prepared for future challenges than those who have come before us. Future generations will look back at this time and want to know how we got through it, and what we learned. They will want to hear our stories, read our books, watch our movies and study our experiences. They will note how we used to laugh at the crazy Preppers, before we realized the crazy Preppers were right.
We are becoming a case study in how to evolve. Adversity is making us stronger and more capable. We are witnessing and experiencing unimaginable alterations to our daily lives. To our weekly routines. To our annual traditions. And we are simply marching forward. Because humans are amazing. And there is no other choice.
We are becoming the most adaptable people in history. We have developed modes, tools and techniques that others simply haven’t had. We have developed infrastructure, processes and technology that enables us to operate in new remote modes. Like Earthstronauts.
The current conditions can feel stressful and frustrating. But they are temporary. And they are pushing us to become more highly evolved humans. We are more interesting people. With better stories to tell. With lessons to teach. With pep talks to give. Yes, the process is challenging. But the end product will be the more valuable and more fascinating than you can imagine. Hang in there. And think about which child actor you want to play you in the movie version of 2020.