COLORADO SPRINGS — "Memorable". "Interesting". "Compromising".
These are just a few of the words tossed around tonight as people downtown were asked, "If you could describe 2020 in one word, what would it be?"
In a year that people watched so much unfold - A viral outbreak, civil rights protests, a presidential election, and a Christmas day explosion - it is almost impossible not to reflect on the impact of the last 12 months. The times were unprecedented as most people have not lived through a global pandemic, causing them to lose loved ones and spend holidays in solitude.
While everyone experienced similar events, individuals said they all had different takeaways.
"Lessons from 2020 into 2021 would be patience, that was a big one," said Andrew Weingart, a Life Coach. Teacher Kristin Tabor said she learned "the importance of family". College student Rachel Rodgers started her own small businesses preserving and framing wedding bouquets, since she "had a lot of downtime to do it."
One thing is for certain, everyone in downtown is looking forward to what 2021 has in store. Some hope that "all the gyms reopen", Tabor wants "social get-togethers back" and some just hope everyone "helps each other more".
One wish for 2020 really stuck out tonight:
High school student Graham Flemming says he is single, so "Maybe (in) 2021 we find a sweetheart for Graham!”