Year 2020

Time for another yearly reflection, the eighth one I put on this blog.

The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 a unique year. I spent time worrying that I, my friends, or my family will get sick. Because of quarantine, I spent more time at home. I felt less productive and had to adapt to working differently. I interacted with my colleagues mostly through a screen instead of face-to-face. Ten years from now, I might get confused between what happened in 2018 and what happened in 2019. I will never forget 2020. I think that’s true for most.

In many other ways, life continued despite the pandemic. Here are some of the things that happened during 2020 in my life, in no particular order:

2020 is over. Despite the pandemic, it was another good year for me personally. And in many ways, it was a good year for the world: renewables had a record year, more people have access to electricity, Africa is free of polio, and progress was made with some of the most challenging diseases. Even with COVID-19, we were able to develop the vaccine in record time. While I sometimes do get frustrated by some of the decisions my fellow humans make, overall, I continue to be optimistic about humanity’s ability to tackle the challenges ahead.