2021: let’s keep the momentum going

As we continue into 2021, it is important to hold onto the lessons we’ve learned in 2020 and not let go because of the date change. There is still progress to be made in the world.

With the transition into the new year, there have been many people who have gotten it into their heads that all of the world’s problems will go away as soon as it’s no longer 2020. That is simply not the case.
Don’t get me wrong, 2020 seemed to have enough tragedy, political beef and overall worldwide chaos for 10 years (not to mention the fact that it seemed to take that long for the year to be complete.)
In no way would I say that we shouldn’t celebrate the new year and hope for better luck in 2021. In fact, I think it’s a great practice of optimism that the world needs right now.
The one thing that I think we all need to keep in mind is that the passage of time isn’t what will bring about change; it’s our actions that will make a difference. We are heading in the right direction.
For starters, continue to practice the safety that have been put in place on a daily basis. Wear a mask (properly), socially distance and avoid large social gatherings.
Additionally, keep in tune with how you’re feeling and be aware of any symptoms you may have. These simple precautions will make everyday life safer for us, our classmates/coworkers and our loved ones.
Let’s also not forget about all of the progress that has been made in social issues. In June, Congress passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which raised the standards expected of police and will ensure that complaints of police misconduct will be recorded and less tolerated.
The protests and movements that sparked passion across the country have done some incredible things but there is still work to be done.
If you’re someone who spoke out for something you believe in, donated or attended a march for an important cause, please do not stop just because the year that brought these issues to a boil has ended.
Same goes for if you haven’t gotten involved in any form of activism yet. There is always time to do so. Find something you’re passionate about and donate to a charity focused on it, sign a petition, repost and signal boost important information; any contribution you can make matters.
As a school and a community, we can agree that 2020 brought forth a lot of challenges that no one could have anticipated. While it feels good to say goodbye to such a long and stressful year, we must continue to fight for a brighter tomorrow.
Now more than ever, we must continue to push forward. Stay safe and keep up the good work. Here’s to a happy 2021, we all deserve it.