All I’ve heard people say the last three months is something along the lines of “God, I am so done with 2020, this has been the worst year.”
What I hear is, as soon as it turns 2021, all my problems are going to be erased.
That’s not true. Life doesn’t work like that I’m afraid.
But anywho, while most people have had a pretty awful year by the sounds of it, I really have to say that is not the case for me.
In March I got a six dollar raise and saw my favorite band of all time in concert for the first time.
Towards the end of March or early April the government shut down due to some infamous virus, which was literally the greatest thing ever.
Being an essential worker, I still went to work, and man was it awesome. My commute to work dropped from 65 minutes to 40. My commute home, depending on where I was working, dropped from 1 hour, 40 minutes, to 50 minutes.
Bam! I got an hour and a half of my life back overnight. Seriously, going on a major highway at rush hour where it used to be a slow-crawling parking lot, and then suddenly becoming empty save for a couple dozen cars is truly mind-blowing.
But what’s better than a shorter commute? Not commuting at all! From mid-April to mid-June, I was furloughed from my job, and it was easily the best two months of my life. My wife was furloughed at the same time, so we actually got to spend a lot of time with each other, and it was really nice. It opened my eyes to just how much work negatively impacts a marriage. We even, through a bit of luck, were able to take an unplanned, yet incredible two week vacation!
I really hated my job, so coming back from furlough was very difficult. Traffic was worse by then, but still not at the level it was pre-corona. But I didn’t have to suffer for much longer, for I got a new job that was pretty much everything I ever wanted in a job. Except the guy I worked with in this new job was a complete asshole, so they fired him in my sixth week, so that I became in charge almost immediately. Awesome!
My wife got into a very competitive school, and when she finishes, will hopefully get a very good job that she will love and pretty much triple her salary. She’s even got a 4.0 gpa so far!
The wife and I also managed to do a lot of work on the outside of our house that I never thought we would get done, and it’s such a relief to know that it’s finished now!
I tried out for a bassist position in a band that plays rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz and all that. Music I am not at all in to, and on an instrument I have never played seriously. I impressed the heck out of them and they allowed me to join their ranks, and it has been so fun learning bass guitar in a whole new way for music I never really considered playing.
And to top it all off, I finally was able to replace my barely-working 12 year old laptop!
So yeah, 2020, you might have given a lot of people a hard time, but I will always look back on you fondly!