I started my 30-day "creative block" of waking up at 6AM every morning (weekends included) to work on creative stuff. I might write, read, code or work on a side project. But I'll always try to write for at least 5 minutes.
Every now and then I go to Wikipedia and click on a previous year, for example 2004, and browse through historic events of that year in order to understand what happened around the world and in the US.
So far, 2020 has been an interesting year and we're only halfway there.
In one week, we've gone from fighting a virus to fighting a social crisis. Both are equally important and necessary to deal with. On one hand, the virus is still killing people and hurting the economy and on the other hand America's racism is still rampant. Innocent African Americans continue to be murdered every year.
I don't want to get into politics, so I'll keep it short. What is clear to me looking backward is the trickle down effect of bad leadership and weak guidance. We cannot ignore that citizens look up to their leaders in order to shape their views and understand what the present and future holds for them. A leader with no strategy and no clear values likely has a negative direct impact in the lives of its constituents. We're living under one leader of that kind. Going forward, we need to be very careful about the leaders we choose.
SpaceX and NASA also launched Americans into space with now reusable rockets, charting a new path for space travel and human exploration. An immigrant created a private company and worked closely with a government agency in order to launch the next space era. Proof that we can still do great things when we come together regardless of the challenges.
It's our responsibility to put in the work each and every day to build up and restore our social fabric.
Next year, I'll search in Wikipedia for the year 2020 and I hope to see that we did the right thing for our brothers and sisters, for ourselves, for our country, and for the world as a whole. I hope that our decisions today mattered tomorrow.