31st December every year is normally quite eventfully. For the owls, overnight prayers for the religious people and party-after-party all night for the party lovers. Events planning organizations brimming with clients. However, 2020 is a different fish in the pond. It is very different until one could not feel the Christmas spirit in the air as compared to the previous years.
With Corona Virus Disease coming into existence in the world, it has forced people to revert to what in Kenya we call The New Normal. This has affected a massive population of people both positively and negatively.
Human beings have been forced to observe high levels of personal hygiene. Personally, I am grateful. When I was on campus for the End of Semester Exams January/April 2019/2020 Academic Year, for the first time in my 2-year study in the university, we had a 24-hour availability of water. Impressive, right?
I visited the hospital for my usual check-ups, I noticed there was a reduction in the cases of patients suffering from water-borne diseases. Most were in for appointments with the doctors like me. I also never bothered with the use of hand sanitizers every public place I would visit.
With COVID-19, most families have been able to have several sittings together. The type of parents some of us have are so busy trying to put food on the table that we barely know them. This is the year I have bonded with family and known each person’s strengths and weaknesses. Also, I have heard a chance to hear how well or poorly my siblings know about me. It has been fun!
However, 2020 has also been the hardest of years, especially economically.
For the first time, supermarkets and malls that could do 24 hours have been reduced to operate up to around 10pm. Businesses have been hit hardest. I was watching the news and the tourism sector was hardly hit, people lost jobs, resorts have become homes for birds.
Fare has hiked. For those of us commuting from Kahawa Sukari along the Superhighway towards town then to Rongai and back to Kahawa, its been sad. If you have less than Ksh. 700 and you were to use that route, I’m sorry my dear!
It is one year that I have also got a chance to know who my close friends are. How social media can connect two people so deeply that it would be like trying to chew nails by trying to separate them.
One lesson learnt from 2020; Be prepared at all times! Happy new year 2021…