2020 Year of Surprises

'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

People can choose to grow from hard times.

People can choose to grow from hard times.

Kiara Perez Cans, Staff Writer

The year 2020 came as a shock for everyone. Many people believed that it was going to be the best year of their lives and that everything would change for the better. Well, a lot has changed. Not how many hoped it would but it changed in many ways. What impacted the year greatly was the arrival of the new and improved virus known as Covid-19 or Coronavirus. To this day people refuse to wear the masks which then leads them to getting sick and spreading it around to people who are very vulnerable. By now most people have adapted to live with it.

Since many of us have been in quarantine and remaining safe at home we have altered our routines. We have a more relaxed way and as a result we entertain ourselves with the TV or the internet. We focus on the worlds in our fantasies to flee from the real world. Eventually we get a slap from reality and see that life is still going by. One of the events that shook people to the core before the pandemic was when the basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter died. Many were very sad because of that tragedy but we learned that one must live their life as if it were the last day on Earth because anything can happen. Then the famous and amazing Naya Rivera died in a horrible accident. Her death resulted in the river she drowned in to forbid swimming and saving lives in the future. Further on there was an outbreak of  protesting because many innocent people kept dying and nobody did anything. Seeing a celebrity die makes us very sad and we wish it never happened but if it’s a random citizen people tend to switch the channel. People decided to put a stop to it and the Black Lives Matter protests started and we still continue to fight for it. After the chaos in the streets of rioters calmed down there was an explosion in Lebanon which resulted in 137 people killed and 5,000 injured. In that moment all we could do was give our respects, pray and donate to the Red Cross so we could help in any way.

The best thing we can all do during these harsh times is to focus on the good things and to know that no matter what there is light at the end of the tunnel and eventually everything will result in a happy ending one way or another. Everything that has happened has shocked us but has taught us so much. We can grow from it instead of focusing on the negative aspects. We are more attentive to how the world is constantly in motion and changing rapidly. No matter how bad the situation is people need to know that it will get better and the change can teach us and allow us to adapt.