Dear 2020

It’s a beautiful representation of how 2020 has been and continues to be.
Dedicated to 2020.
Give it a listen while you read!

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
(Little Gidding)
― T.S. Eliot

Dear 2020,

Just wow. To say you swept us off our feet is definitely, an understatement. Not only did you do that, but you ensured that we remained suspended in space, lost in time. Did you enjoy being feared, hated and respected all at once? Are you having a good laugh over the naivete of humans, as they bid you farewell with a joyful heart, unaware of how you were probably, merely a commercial for 2021?

Despite you being just one of your kind, it feels like it has been years since mankind was brought down to its knees by a microscopic being, while you were, no doubt, revelling in what it meant for you. I don’t blame you, of course. You just happened to come around when the virus came around. And now you, like all of us, have been afflicted with it.

I once read that a lot of what we place so much importance on, are mere illusions, ideas and imaginary entities that man has assumed/considered to be real. By that realisation, you don’t really exist. You’re another product of man’s fecundity

(yes, the same man that is now living wary of a tiny being) to understand time and life better. But because you exist in our perceptions and imaginations, you have been connected to the virus, ironically termed ‘Covid 19’.

A few centuries from now, History books will have pages after pages speaking of your wrath, “2020-The year modern humans lost their way” or even further in time “Want to time travel? Ensure no stops in 2020!!” I can already think of beautifully glorious titles for you. History lessons would begin in the most dramatic of fashions,

2020 – An Unforgettable Year for Mankind

Set against a backdrop of human loss and misery was a journey of discovery and realisation that many were just learning to undertake. It brought about a tremendous change in people’s lifestyles, perspectives and proved beneficial to the environment, with pollution rates decreasing drastically. Adoption of minimalistic living practices became the norm in view of the virus’ indefinite tenure. As death tolls rose in a staggering manner, people dwelled in a constant state of apprehension of what the future would bring…..

Of course, if worse things were to occur in the subsequent years, you’d be left alone, lost in the pages of time. Oh dear, I do make you sound quite cruel when you were a boon in many ways as well.

I don’t know whether it was a ruse conspired by higher powers like Gods, centuries and years to revive kindness and humility but whatever the case, you definitely catapulted as into a period, where humanity was brought back to life. We saw health workers putting their lives on the line for the greater good of the general public. Our self-sufficiency increased and many have realised the value of having a family and friends as we went and continue to go through these tough times. This pandemic has also shed light on our finite existence and has made many aware that life, after all, is just a dream, one that we could wake up from, any second.

Yes, I’d say you have achieved a mighty lot, in a mere 366 days. You forget that numerous people preached and spoke, and wrote and protested, warning their fellow sapiens of how our ridiculous ways of life would end ironically, if we continued to live in blatant disregard of the issues that needed to be addressed. But as usual, practising ignorance as a norm of life, we needed a microscopic being to slap some sense into our big brains.

As much as I hate admitting it, we needed this microscopic virus to help us realise that boundaries were man-made, as we saw it spread across the entire globe, in a matter of just a few months. The sudden onslaught of this tiny virus was indeed a moment of shattered pride and lost dignity for mankind as a whole.

You have three more days of your life after which you’ll have to give the mantle to 2021. We have no way of knowing what it will bring but if you could take Covid-19 with you, and return it to wherever it came from, the human race would be incredibly grateful. We may even make you sound more benevolent in the history books of the future.

But our united opposition against this virus shows us the true nature of human beings; we have never before given up in the face of a crisis and continue to persevere till our goals are met. Our history is littered with stories of courage and cowardice, wars and bloodshed, new beginnings and glorious endings, and yet, here we are. This alone is testimony to the fact that we will endure. We will eventually overcome this whether you like it or not. This is not a threat, it’s a mere promise, a statement of our goodwill.

Don’t get me wrong. We absolutely appreciate the realisation you’ve shoved down our beings, the beauty of life you’ve exhibited and the light you’ve shed on the extinguished but now flickering goodness every man possesses. We appreciate it more than you know and while our elephantine egos might prevent you from knowing this, we do owe you so much, for a lifetime of lessons you’ve etched onto us. But now, it really is time for you to leave and take it all back. We have learned our lessons and will no longer continue to ignore the pleas of mother nature or lose ourselves in ridiculous worlds of wealth and beauty.

Dear 2020, you are a prodigy of your kind. I speak for the life I have seen. In my mere 16 years of life, that is. You probably appear as a mere toddler to years like 536, 1345, 1520, 1914, 1918, 1939, 1942 etc. But like them, you too have left a mark on this world. You have created inexplicably deep and painful memories that not even time itself can erase.

For, as humans, we tend to chronicle everything that happens around. We’ll write about you, frame news reports that first announced the arrival of the virus and maybe even award a Nobel Prize to the people who come up with a vaccine. You’ll still be around, even if you are close to your physical end. Students and teachers will talk of the days they spoke into screens and were tethered to screens, day and night. Glorious tales of how toilet paper and masks were the most popular amenities will be passed from generation to generation.

You’ll always be around, suspended in time, as we have been. And we will never forget you. It’s time to rest now. Go in peace, your point has been made, you have created a formidable checkpoint in the fabric of history.

-An earthling

P.S Don’t forget to take your lovely calendar with you. I doubt we need any more mementoes. And I hoped you liked the song! You’ve inspired some beautiful songs and written pieces. I bet blockbuster movies are on the way!

And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.
― Rainer Maria Rilke

There are just a few more days to go! 2020 was a hard-hitting year, to say the least. Here is to a hopefully better year! 🥂

Thank you so much for reading!

128 thoughts on “Dear 2020”

    1. Me too! But I hope we never have to experience any.
      I think writing is more like a way of release rather than a reaction 😉
      My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts!

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  1. COVID stained our precious 2020 and it got all the blame although the only fault was that it arrived at the wrong time. I see people welcome 2021 which is good but that stupid microbeings, infect smaller than the microbeings are still everywhere spreading havoc along its way.

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      1. We don’t know anything for sure, but sometimes it’s about cutting down the odds (gambling term – it means avoiding betting on things that are less likely to happen).

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  2. I agree with the others – this was very well written! Is it true you have all this wisdom at the tender age of 16? Wow! I think it is important that you included the blessings that our difficult year brought about. Warmest new year wishes to you! 🌞

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    1. Thank you so very much! Just my thoughts, nothing else! I was 16 when I wrote this, but I’m just a few days away from 17 now (it’s so scary😂)
      I’m glad you think so! I feel 2020 did benefit many, in terms of their individual growth. Thank you so much for your kind comment! Have a wonderful year ahead!❤️

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  3. Loved reading your note to covid, haha! It really did accomplish much. You’re right, the deep and painful memories won’t be erased, but neither will the fact that we managed to create – and keep – the light needed to persevere through this tough year. Happy new year! 🎊💛

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  4. Very nice post, I couldn’t have said it better myself! As much as this virus has taught us to not take advantage of what we have, I miss Disneyland so badly and I just want this darn virus and 2020 to go away already!

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  5. Writing a goodbye letter to 2020 is brilliant and yours did not disappoint. 👏🏼 It must have felt cathartic.

    “As much as I hate admitting it, we needed this microscopic virus to help us realise that boundaries were man-made, as we saw it spread across the entire globe, in a matter of just a few months.”
    Yes! I have thought about this realization quite a bit throughout the year. We may be distant, but we are all connected.

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  6. Wow, I have been rendered speechless. I don’t think anymore justice can be done to the way you have portrayed this year, it resonated throughout your writing, the brutality as well as the realization and kindness it shed upon us, and not to mention your music choice is awesome too.
    Beautifully penned D!!
    Wishing you a wonderful 2021! ❤

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  7. Guten Tag

    Eine Silbe
    im alten
    im neuen Gewand

    das Sprachrohr
    das Sagen
    der Seele
    ihrer Bedeutung

    im Sitz
    des Kehlkopfs
    die Stimme
    von unseren Lippen

    vom Anfang
    der Zeit
    bis zu unserem
    bitteren End

    Meine Antwort an: – T.S. Eliot

    Herzliche Grüße
    Hans Gamma

    ***

    Good day

    A syllable
    in the old
    in a new guise

    the mouthpiece
    the say
    the soul
    their importance

    in the seat
    of the larynx
    the voice
    from our lips

    from the beginning
    currently
    up to ours
    bitter end

    My answer to: – T.S. Eliot

    Best regards
    Hans Gamma

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  8. Hats off to you for writing this wonderful post! (That calendar meme of 2020 was actually 200% accurate 😂). I definitely agree that this year gave us time to reflect on our own undoings and materialistic desires that fuelled the virus to spread rapidly. Karma literally bit us super hard this year.

    Let’s hope that 2021 offers something better than this year. Wishing you a happy new year in advance!

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    1. Thank you so much, Silver Stone!
      I know, right?😂
      Absolutely! While it has been a drastic year on the whole, it’s helped a lot of people with their individual growth.
      That’s a great way to put it😂
      I agree! Thank you! Have a wonderful year ahead!✨

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  9. Loved it! Loved it!
    Absolutely loved it, D!!
    Fantastic job, especially with the song as the background. This post basically summed everything up, in a much more eloquent way.
    Beautiful and heartfelt✨
    Wishing you a very happy New Year in advance🥂
    xx

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  10. Wow! What beautiful farewell message to 2020. 👏👏 Very well written dear D. 🤝

    I am amazed to see that you write so beautifully at 16!!! Your writings
    are matured and professional. Keep up the great work dear. ❤️❤️ Wish you a blessed 2021.

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