2020

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This year has handed the entire world situations many of us never thought we would have to deal with. Humans are adaptable, though, so we just keep right on ticking, doing what it takes to get by and trying out best to help others get by too.

For a lot of people, that meant doing things they never thought they'd do - . But that makes sense - we're not the same people we were last before 2020 2020'ed at us, for better or worse.

Check out what these people got up to this year.

Best Decision I've Ever Made

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Ghosted my job with no new job lined up.

My supervisor sexually harassed me over 3 years. I finally reported it towards the end of last year and felt completely alienated from my co-workers. He got fired after the investigation, but even afterwards there were constant rumors and an extremely toxic work environment.

At the end of January I just walked out at the end of the day and never went back. It was the best decision I've ever made.

- odinitheweenie

That Pretty Much Sums Up 2020

I tripped over and fell face first in fresh cowpat.

It was even more 2020 as it happened in front of a lady with her two daughters, who were laughing hysterically. It was full coverage.

The pat was so fresh my face sunk in far too easily.

- DancingDude78

It Started With 10

I started doing pushups. Like... a lot of them.

It started in April with 10 pushups every hour throughout the work day. Then 15, then 20. Eventually, I dropped the time down to 30 minutes. For the past several months, I've been doing over 1500 pushups a week.

I haven't gained a significant amount of mass (still wear the same shirt size) but my arms/chest are considerably more defined than they used to be. Particularly the triceps- I can flex them and things actually happen haha. Never would have thought that would be a thing.

I definitely feel stronger though.

- WatchTheBoom

The Fry That Broke The Camels Back

Have a mental breakdown in my car because of a missing side of fries.

- DooMeToDIe

If it makes you feel any better, a lot of us get to that point. Things pile up and pile up and pile up, and when there's nowhere for that stress and anxiety to go, it manifests in weird ways.

I started crying in a cracker barrel because they kept me waiting for 45 minutes for a takeout order that I'd placed online. It wasn't because of the cracker barrel, it was because I spent the year dealing with a ton of medical and personal issues.

The cracker barrel was just the tiny little feather that caused the entire house of cards to collapse.

- beepborpimajorp

I relate and hear you. I started crying hysterically one day because I hit my foot on the curb wrong while out on a walk.

Then I was embarrassed picturing a neighbor seeing that. Then I cried harder.

Going for walks is literally all I have to do, and it was such a stupid literal misstep that made me acutely aware of how bored, overworked, underwhelmed, anxious, sad, and lonely I am

- abqkat

That New Butthole Feeling

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Had bowel surgery, also had my hole reconstructed 👌 didn't sh*t for a month. Can't beat that new butthole feeling.

All is well now, can honestly say it was the most uncomfortable experience of my life but sometimes you just gotta deal with the shit to get the sugar, made full recovery and my quality of life is 99% better.

- suicide_nashline

1 or 2 Cups Of Rice To Survive

This year was tough. My mom, sister and I have to eat two meals per day and limit 1 to 2 cups of rice everyday to survive the night.

I got laid off and just got hired this month. Unfortunately, salary will be given mid January. I'm still finding ways to make Christmas special for mamita and sister.

We do not have programs like food pantries in the Philippines. We got help months earlier during the peak of the pandemic. Unfortunately, they stopped because infections are getting lighter in the city. It sucks to be poor, but we have less reasons to complain.

- kymatters

I Thought I Broke My Feet

Lost a ton of weight, got in really good shape, resting heart rate is currently at 40.

I was pretty fat back in March. Now I run 3 miles and lift 6 days a week. Able to crank out a 3 mile in 25ish min. My 1 mile time is at 7:20 flat.

Pretty proud of myself, considering I would sweat and get winded just from walking across a parking lot before. I for real, honestly, thought I broke bones in my feet in the beginning. It was a huge shock to my skeleton.

I just powered through and switched up cardio when the pain was too intense to run and did cycling or stair-stepper instead.

Also, it totally cured my sleep apnea! I no longer snore and I sleep like a damn baby through the night, every night.

- YesImABanker

Woundmates

Have to sign a lease on my own place after me and significant other split up. 2020 hasn't failed to disappoint.

On the bright side, it'll give me time to self reflect and make personal growth changes mentally and physically. I'm sure the ex will just carry on repressing his childhood issues with his food addiction and filling voids with inanimate objects instead of seeking the therapy he desperately needs.

This year certainly has reminded me that no matter how hard you try to suggest personal changes, you cannot make someone want to make changes, but I most definitely won't take the blame for the problems that stemmed from that neglect.

My ex is still loved dearly, and will certainly miss his company, but in essence, we were both miserable, tired of each other's shit and woundmates rather than soulmates.

Thanks for reading my long ass rant.

- ABADHD83WHEEE

I'll Be Alright

Bought a new car. I wasn't even planning on it that day when I woke up. Took my car in for a minor repair to find out there was major work needed totaling $6400.

Couldn't justify spending that on a 9 year old car with 125,000 miles on the clock. I was upset at losing that car.

Best car I ever had. Old reliable. Comfy seat like a well worn recliner and the best damn stereo I'd ever heard. Still, the new one makes up for it... panoramic sunroof, 8 speaker Infinity sound system, huge infotainment system, turbo engine, heated AND cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel. I think I'll be alright.

- CABGX4

A Gnarly-Looking Skinned Knee

I learned how to roller-skate.

It's a small thing, but I'm an adult who had never tried it before. I had always thought it looked so cool when I was younger, but I was way too scared of falling and hurting myself. I was a bit of a baby for a long time.

I spent this summer under lockdown in my driveway with my best friend who's been in roller derby since she was a kid, who helped me from just standing up without falling to zooming down the empty streets together.

It's been absolutely amazing, I now take every opportunity on a nice day to spend at least an hour roller-skating. Me from not even a year ago wouldn't have believed I'd ever learn how to do something like this.

It's never too late to learn a skill, even a small or "childish" one. If you've always wanted to learn how to roller-skate, it's more than possible to learn in two months. At the very least, it's worth it just for the elation you feel at every small triumph, and the satisfaction of a really gnarly-looking skinned knee.

- notanapkin

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It's no secret that 2020 has been a dumpster fire of a year for all of us. Between a stressful US election, a global pandemic, police brutality, and all of the turns our own personal mental healths have taken, it's a wonder any of us are managing to cope with the constant trauma.

But, it hasn't been all bad on the micro level. Some things really have come through for us individually in 2020...right?

At least, it has for these people.

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2020 has been intense and exhausting on so many levels it's not even funny ... unless semi-apocalyptic dumpster fires are your sense of humor. People are so over this year and it's not even autumn yet.

Thing is, being intense and exhausting doesn't necessarily mean it's all bad. Some of the most intense and exhausting things in the world eventually make you stronger and teach valuable lessons.

One Reddit user asked:

What has 2020 taught you?

Normally we save these sorts of things for a year-end wrap up, but we're a little more than halfway through and now seems like a good time to write some stuff down before we forget.

Time Management

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want

- the_almighty_sock

I feel this man. I thought that with all the extra time I had I would get so much more done. Turns out I just need to get a lot better at time management.

- onewander

I always told myself I'd get more writing done without my day job. Then I lost my job from May to August... all that free time filled up fast... hardly any writing done.

- spaghettisandwich

Not Surprised, Just Disappointed

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Came here to say how disappointed I am to find out that there are so many stupid, hateful racist morons among my countrymen. I always knew there was an element of that in society. I never knew it was so many damned people, though.

Makes we wonder how we ever got beyond living in caves and flinging poo at each other.

- OutlawGalaxyBill

I'd also add entitled to that list. It seems to be across the board; not just in any one demographic. I'm more shocked at seeing this trait in people aged 30 and up.

Grown ups are acting irresponsibly w/o regard for other people's rights or safety and throwing temper tantrums when they don't get their way. Worst of all are the ones who act like selfish, obnoxious a$holes and call themselves patriots for doing so. It baffles the mind.

- 2feetofftheground

Subject To Change

LIFE IS ALWAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Get out there and do the things you want to do because one day you may not be able to.

- cshady

I remember my last day of high school, I was becoming burned out and wanted a break from school for at LEAST a week... this is not what I wanted

- krexcent

Trump's election in 2016 kicked my rear into gear. I figured he would make the US such an international pariah that Americans would no longer be able to travel. So in 2017 I traveled to 22 countries.

Looks like I was right; only a handful of countries want Americans now.

- BubbhaJebus

Not Exactly A Loner

That I'm nowhere as much of a loner as I thought I was. I may not be the most sociable person of the universe, but spending months holed up in my room with basically no IRL human contact got old fast.

- evercheese

People mistake introvert for no social interaction. We just don't like big crowds where everyone is yelling and you can't have a conversation and you don't know most people. What we want is a small close group of friends 1-5 other people we are very intimate and deep with.

- Balauronix

90% of the introverts in my social circle feel this way. They still need some social contact now and then.

They just want to be able to do something low key 1-4x a month with friends, like invite them over for dinner, or play a boardgame.

- ignenrintegra

Level Up

That the baseline on what I can handle has leveled up.

- duck-yo-couch

Same. I feel like my anxiety and depression got better compared to everyone else as I realised I am way stronger than I thought I was.

- pajamakitten

FaceChan

I remember my grandma telling me I shouldn't be a nurse on Facebook because I don't value "life" because I don't calculate my entire electoral vote on the single platform of being against abortion. Or her and her online friends bullying me for having a different, not racist opinion. I finally had to block grandma.

I still talk to my grandma, just not on Facebook.

- Azamaline

Everything Sucks But Its Pretty Great

This is going to come across as pretty insensitive, but life is pretty great right now. In 2020, the following things happened for my family:

  • $20k raise
  • Wife got a new job with a $15k raise
  • Bought a new house
  • Son with autism is making progress on speaking more clearly (because we're actually working on his speech therapy, unlike school and his speech therapist)
  • Investments are doing great
  • Weekly D&D game happens pretty reliably

- Alrik


I think 2020 shows us the great divide of the haves and have nots. Some people are really hurting right now. Others are totally fine or are thriving. You'll see more of one group than the other depending on your socioeconomic class.

- thelyfeaquatic

It's important to remember that while you're doing good and that's amazing, the reason Reddit is like this is because it's awful right now for a lot of if not most people.

You got a raise, but I lost my job to covid, had to pick up an extremely taxing Amazon job in the interim, my girlfriend is under extreme danger being locked down alone with untreatable depression, and I have to go into NYC twice a week soon for school, making me extremely vulnerable and unable to interact with anybody for a semester.

Just keep that in mind, I guess. I'm far from the only one

- arcrticphreese

A Hug

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Hug your spouse more. Man on man woman on woman man on woman whatever hug those who are there for you. Wife's an ER nurse I'm a firefighter working through covid non sense. The forced quarantine after contact with a positive pt has ripped us apart. It's hard to cope when your coping mechanism is behind glass out of reach. Hug your peeps peeps .

- lldumbcloudsll

2021 Won't Make It Better

That people will genuinely believe bad events will end just because the year is over.

Its overwhelming how many times I hear things like: "omg I cant wait for 2021, everything will be a fresh start" or "2020 can just leave"

Like, what do you really expect? All issues reset every January the 1st? Wtf.

- InconspicuousCupboard

So true. I fully expect January+ to be horrible. Violent protests over the US presidential election, riots, panic and stress reactions as people go back to more public living/offices, a resurgence of COVID. There is no way '21 is going to start well. I just hope it ends well.

- drwhogwarts

Nah I'm Good

I'm just as much of an introvert as I thought I was.

Don't get me wrong, I like hanging out with friends and I'm a pretty social person these days when I'm in a social environment. But I don't need it. I had a lot of people going stir crazy around me for lack of in person social interaction a month or two into quarantine. I never got there.

- muroid

Same with me. I don't miss seeing people, I don't miss coworkers, I don't miss friends in person. I got stir crazy from staying in place but having a change of scenery occasionally is all I need :)

For keeping in touch with peeps, chatting online is enough for me. Some of my friends and colleagues were up the wall wanting to find ways to hang out or do stuff but, seems like they've gotten better at managing it.

- emwo

Same here. Being happily married helps, though. I think if I were alone, I would be craving the occasional face to face interaction, but as it is, I'm just fine only interacting with people on the phone, or on a Zoom call.

- nakedonmygoat


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2020 has been a real handful y'all. And number one on the "2020 is the worst" list is COVID! We've had to shelter in place and avoid most human contact. I haven't hugged my mother in six months; it's frustrating. So why is it when we're all suppose to be hiding out and avoiding contact until this under control do we have so many fools running amok... especially loved ones who implore us to join. Some of us have had to get creative with invitation excuses. The "we're in a pandemic" reasoning is a bust.

Redditor u/TooAwkwardForMyAcc wanted us all to discuss the new ways we've learned to avoid our society in this time of Covid by asking.... What's the best way to tell your friend you don't want to meet because you're scared of Corona?
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Let's be real, 2020 hasn't exactly been a win for everyone - for obvious reasons. But even with a pandemic, major sociopolitical upheaval, USPS attacks, rampant racism, Karens Gone Wild, and people trying to make 90's eyebrows a thing again (please don't) - there are still some wins to be found.

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