We did it. We made it through the shitstorm that was 2020! I know things won’t magically return to “normal” once that calendar page flips, but at least we’ll be able to refer to 2020 in the past tense!
How was the year for me? Well, like it was for most people, it was fucking weird. Let’s take a look back…
January- La la la la la… everything is normal. 😊
February- This is when I remember first hearing about Covid. At some point I was talking to my mom on the phone and she was super nervous about it! (She had just watched a show about the Spanish Flu!) I was like, “Mom, relax. It’s 2020, not the early 1900’s. We can handle that shit better these days.” 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ (Sorry mom!)
March – What the fuck is happening? This is the last time I saw most of my extended family! We were “allowed” back then, but we knew not to hug. Then Spring Break started for my kid and I heard that Disneyland was closing. That’s when I realized how serious this whole thing was becoming. I started to really worry about my little business and how it would fair a global pandemic.
April – Okay, so looks like I’m a wife, mother, small business owner, AND now a teacher! Yikes! We’re social distancing and line ups at grocery stores are crazy as people panic buy toilet paper?! 🧻 🤷🏻♀️ Small retail stores across Canada are closing and my sales have dropped significantly! Double yikes! This shit is getting crazy.
May – My husband falls off his bike and breaks his neck. Yowza! 👎👎👎 Now I’m a wife, mother, small business owner, teacher, nurse, personal chauffeur, and I’m stuck doing ALL the house work. 😭 I’m exhausted and stressed, but I pull through like a fucking champ.
April/June/July/August – Still doing the whole wife, mother, small business owner, teacher, nurse, and personal chauffeur thing. Plus now the USA is seemingly falling apart. Fucking racists. This social distancing thing isn’t so bad. My little family is just doing its thing. But Trump! 🤦🏻♀️
September – My husband is finally back at work post neck break and my kid is back at school. At this point we’re used to staying away from people and wearing masks in public. Things are more “normal” than they’ve been in a long time. After months of pretty slow sales, things are really picking up as people step up their efforts to support Canadian small businesses and my retail accounts have figured out what they need to do to stay open during a pandemic. Several of my retail accounts have closed their doors for good, but several others are busier than ever!
October/November – Much the same, with the added stress of the US election and rising Covid case numbers. Schools around here are still open and I’m honestly quite shocked!
December – What the fuck happened to 2020? That was both the longest and shortest year of my life!
Looking back I’m really happy that I had my husband and daughter to keep me sane. While my husbands accident was incredibly awful and scary and stressful, it gave our trio the rare opportunity to spend several months of quality time together. We’re so thankful that we live in such a beautiful area with easy access to the beautiful outdoors!
All in all, 2020 had many challenges for us all, but I’m going to do my best to focus on the good that came out of it. I must say to all of you reading this THANK YOU! All the encouraging comments on social media, private messages, and email meant a lot to me! I love you all!