As usual, my thoughts for the year are below in the usual bullet-point format. Have a read and tell me your thoughts.
- COVID: the world was turned upside down and social contact was restricted in most places as we realised this virus was serious. Some places more effectively and more timely than others. The proactive action (see New Zealand) rather than the reactive responses (see UK) made an incredible difference to the infections and deaths. The successful vaccine is now being rolled out meaning life might be back to ‘normal’ by the end of 2021.
- It was definitely the worst year to get a house extension done, but we are still happy with the result.
- Airbnb bookings have provided much needed help for us where the government gave us next to nothing.
- I’m thankful for Amazon‘s delivery network as usual. But this year especially as life has been very constrained.
- New baby: I’m thankful for everything my wife had to endure to get our new baby out and welcome him to the world in the midst of the pandemic in June.
- Business: The pandemic and the associated need for less social interaction meant that my main business (selling DJs to events) was put on hold. I have since launched my web design business and my online shop for lockdowns.w
- Bitcoin: After a lull at the start of the pandemic, Bitcoin finished 2020 on an incredible high. I only wished I had more invested in it.
- Brexit: the UK government’s nonsensical divorce transition from the EU continued with Boris’ “Oven Ready” deal. It turned out it wasn’t ready at all, and after a lot of last-minute editing, was finalised in time for Christmas, and surprisingly favoured no-one.
- Finally, I’m thankful for all my friends and family. It’s been the year we’ve all seen each other the least, but on the few occasions it’s been great. Thank you to Facetime, Whatsapp, and Zoom for the rest of the time.