Social media has been hosing 2020 and asking for a do-over, but what if all of this rough stuff actually makes us better in the long run?  

lesliedwight is going viral with her Instagram post called, "What if 2020 isn’t cancelled?"

What if 2020 isn’t cancelled?⁣

What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?⁣
A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw — that it finally forces us to grow.⁣
A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber.⁣
A year we finally accept the need for change.⁣
Declare change. Work for change. Become the change. A year we finally band together, instead of⁣ pushing each other further apart.⁣

2020 isn’t cancelled, but rather⁣
the most important year of them all.

I love this vibe because it gives us hope, and when we're faced with situations that we don't like and don't promise an over-abundance of positivity, we can either let dark and dreary overwhelm us, or we can keep hoping even if it feels a little foolish.  This seems like a good year for some stubborn hope.

There is plenty to hate about 2020.  It's COVID-19, the job losses, the closures, and the way it has made us think differently about hugs.  It's George Floyd's tragic death and all of the conversations we're having now about setbacks when we thought we had been making progress with racial equality.  It's Kobe Bryant's death in a helicopter, the Australian brush fires, and a hundred other tragic situations that involve loss, and leave people feeling robbed.  But what if all of this can make us better?

It seems like this is the time that people have had enough, and conversations about real change are taking over social media. Petitions, donations, and action are happening instead of just comments and likes.  This can be the year that we become the change.  If we let it.

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