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2020 has been a most unusual and difficult year for so many of us. It's been a year characterized perhaps most significantly by loss as the Covid-19 pandemic has continued to claim the lives of thousands of people each day. Hundreds of thousands of people have died in the United States alone. 2020 has also been a year marked by political upheaval: Mass protests against police brutality and outrage toward institutional failures dominated the headlines.

Amid all of this, you would think it would be hard to find any semblance of joy, but we're a very adaptable species. After Redditor NotTalcon asked the online community, "What's something good that happened to you this year?" people shared their stories.

"It doesn't really feel like..."

I got my bachelor's degree! It doesn't really feel like I've graduated, not having a ceremony and all, but I'm done!

And congratulations to everyone else who earned a degree!


"But the best thing that happened..."

This question made me smile. This has been a terrible year for me, in everything. I lost a lot of money and health because of my ex.

But the best thing that happened to me is me. I had the courage to break up with him, to get my life back, to get my freedom back, to get control of my hard-earned money which he would ask for every month.

I realized how stupid I was when all he did was complain about how his life sucked.

I am more happy and leading a peaceful life than I did before. I guess, stuff like this happens and then you realize how much you've been taking your happiness for granted.

Also learned that even if you want to give, make sure you give without emptying yourself out completely.


"I was able to release..."

I was able to release my first album of songs that I wrote! I'm really proud of that. And I completed my Master's degree and actually found work in an awesome, chill as f*** city. I'm still accepting that stroke of good fortune.

2020 was actually the best year of my life, so it's been bittersweet with a lot of people hurting.


"I've taken the first steps..."

I've taken the first steps to be healthier and I'm down 27 pounds. I got a long way to go, but it's a start.


"It was a really rough year..."

I am no longer homeless! It was a really rough year and I'm still struggling, but I have a roof over my head and I couldn't be more grateful.


"And I finally admitted to myself..."

I saw my favorite band in concert for the second time. Thankfully got to see them before covid started.

And I finally admitted to myself and those around me that I'm bisexual after trying to bury it for years. Everyone I've told is cool with it!


"I somehow managed..."

I somehow managed to land a job in the field I've been wanting to work in for years. It's a metal fabrication job for a company that makes neon signs and I absolutely love working there am having such a blast every day.

I went to school for welding and was working dead-end jobs because I couldn't find anything that would hire someone with no experience. It took 5 years but I finally feel like I'm on the right path. I won't take that for granted.


"I'm happy..."

Finally financially stable. Got my own place. Fell in love. Got a much better job. Started getting paid on the weekends for doing something I love. I'm happy and feeling very good about the future. It's been a good year.


"I've never felt better..."

I quit drinking. I've never felt better, more aware, or happier. I feel like I've really started living my life. My ptsd is more manageable, I've started enjoying my job, and I've never slept so well.

All this time I thought the alcohol was helping me cope. But really, it was robbing me of so much. Life can only go up from here!


"We started dating in high school..."

I got engaged to the love of my life.

It's been a long time coming and probably should have proposed to her a couple of years ago, but I'm finally at a point where I know I can give her the life she deserves. We started dating in high school and made it through long distance in college and when I finished college I couldn't find a good job and didn't make enough to live comfortably but here I am a few years later doing well. Sorry for the paragraph but I'm just happy and can't sleep.


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