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It’s hard to believe that another year is in the books—and what a wild year it was. In keeping with last year’s “End-of-Decade Reflections” (subscriber link), I decided to reflect again on the swiftly expiring year.
Indeed, technically 2020 is the last year of the long Teens decade, with 2021 marking the beginning of the 2020s, just as 2001, not the year 2000, is the first year of our current century and millennium. But no one thinks about it that way, so I did end-of-decade reflections last year. My post this year will take a more humble scope and just focus on the year 2020 itself, not the ten preceding it.
Besides, 2020 has contained a decade’s worth of events inside its twelve months, as every Internet wag and memester has already noted. There’s enough to consider in this year to fill up a SubscribeStar Saturday post: distance learning, Universal Studio trips, teaching music, the challenges to indie musicians, running for Town Council, etc. The world—already a rapidly changing place—has changed substantially in just a few short months.
What to make of those changes is the real challenge going forward. What happens next?