“Do you think the year 2020 is going to be your best year yet?” I once saw a man being interviewed on one of the popular TV stations and his response was, “2019 has been the worst year for me and my family and I hope 2020 will be better.”
In January of 2020, we heralded in a new year. I was very happy, as this would be my first year in high school. Most people had grand plans for the year, and I was not any different.
When the President Uhuru Kenyatta announced schools would be closed for a short time, some of my classmates were elated, other students in Form 4, who were worried about the future and fretted that they would lose time, because every minute counts when one is in a candidate class.
The first few days at home were really enjoyable, I mean who doesn’t like a small break here and there? Nonetheless as the days went by, I began to notice that things were getting out of hand and the holiday seemed longer than I had bargained for. The strangest thing was nobody knew when we would resume school. My guardian’s face was filled with worry, everything seemed so unplanned. I felt sorry for people who had to take pay cuts, as well as for the ones who lost their jobs.
Many people were unemployed, children were wandering the streets because they had nothing to do, teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence were some of the problems faced by young girls and our mothers.
A wise man once said, “not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.“I personally value this quote because despite all the difficulties, I’ve learnt a lot, and I think 2020 was the best year for me. It opened my eyes towards the fact that there is a great deal that has to change, especially around health and education sectors.
In class five, one of the government manifestos was to distribute laptops to every single student at every public school. I nearly enrolled in class one, but my parents discouraged me. The strangest thing is, I have never seen those laptops at a school near me to date.
Imagine if this promise was kept, education would have continued seamlessly.
Gloria Steinem once said “without leaps of imagination or dreaming we Lose excitement of possibilities. Dreaming after all is a form of planning.” And this is just what 2020 taught us we just don’t imagine but we also dream. To me the government projects like the big four agenda and that laptop project would have been a great use to us.
According to www.sciencedirect.com which was published in June 2020, it shows that the virus has taught us a lot both globally and at an individual level.
TRANSPARENCY is important in various countries, according to www.sciencedirect.com, it is revealed that the Chinese health care professionals had warned the government that the virus was spreading amongst patients but instead the government detectives detained physician Dr.Li Wenling for spreading false rumours. Just imagine if the Chinese government would have taken some actions the world not been the way it is now.
Again, effective communication must occur in higher levels for the citizens to understand more about the consequences of the virus.
The virus has taught people the importance of planning for the future. Most people had hoped that in the year 2020 the GDP would increase and many jobs would have been created but ironically many jobs have been lost leaving many unemployed.
In conclusion, I would have to say that 2020 has taught us a great deal although I have not included them all. Dear reader, please do not say that 2020 was your worst year. A year cannot be better than the last if you yourself refuse to be better. Be your best self in 2021.