Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One. Happy New Year! A new decade, a new year, and new opportunities. Cheers! One can only imagine what awaits us in 2020. . . .
That’s where we were a short year ago, New Year’s Eve 2019. Had I prognosticated the events to come, you would have called me mad. If anything, 2020 has shown us that nothing is predictable. Early in the year, we were rocked by the death of Kobe Bryant, in the middle of the year we reeled at the news of the death of Chadwick Boseman, and in the latter part of the year we mourned the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And in the middle of all of these times, we were shaken by the brutal killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. Protests and civil disobedience spread throughout the spring and summer across the nation, as citizens young, old, and of all races took to the streets to protest these deaths. And in the midst of all these tragedies, we lived through and continue to live through a tragedy unseen in 100 years. As of the writing of this column, the COVID-19 pandemic has so far taken the lives of more than 230,000 people and infected more than 9.5 million persons in the United States. And if that is not enough, as I write these words, we have a looming national election that is certain to keep us a divided nation.