Like me, you’ve probably seen countless posts on social media about what a terrible year 2020 was. But was it?

Although COVID-19 and the lockdowns made 2020 a difficult and in some cases a devastating year for many people, it was also a year of many incredible leaps forward. Here are just a few things that happened in 2020 that make me optimistic about the future and grateful to be alive at this time. . . .


1. Naomi Scherbel-Ball, “Africa Declared Free of Wild Polio in 'Milestone,’” BBC News, August 25, 2020, (accessed January 3, 2021).

2. “NASA’s SOFIA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon,” NASA, October 26, 2020, (accessed January 3, 2021).

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