We’re all counting down to the end of this year, and hoping 2021 will be a little better. While there are no guarantees, we can think of more than a few reasons why we’re happy to say goodbye to the first year of the new decade and ring in the new.
Things We’re Happy to Leave Behind
20: A Republican president. We’re not here to get all political and go down a Trump rabbit hole, but more liberal leadership means more legalization and cannabis acceptance, hopefully at a federal level.
19: COVID. OK, so it’s not like the clock will strike midnight, and COVID will be gone, but we’re feeling good about that vaccine!
18: Social-Distance dating. What’s more awkward than your first date being a Zoom date? A socially distanced walk in the park to get to know each other. 10/10 would not recommend.
17: Mask Acne: We know; we know; masks are important and save lives, and we may have to wear them for part/most/all of 2021. But a day without having to do extra skincare on the bottom halves of our faces will be a great day.
16: Socially accepted police brutality. If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s the type of reform we need in law enforcement. Here’s to hoping!
16: The 2020 puns. It’s either hindsight is 20/20, 20/20 vision, or something else corny. Not gonna miss it.
15: Zoom fatigue. And we thought sitting at home all day on the couch and away from people would be chill. Turns out, virtual meetings can be even more stressful.
14: “Fake news.” We’re journalists, so naturally, we think journalists deserve a little bit of respect. We want America to be a safe space for the craft once more.
13: The elbow bump: It’s not cute, and you’re not going to make it a thing. Just wave until we can shake hands again.
12: Prohibition: We hope! Full legalization in 2021 would be great.
11: Mile-long lines at the dispensary. We appreciate those who are hustling to serve us, and the safety precautions put into place. But, we will not miss the lines.
10: “Essential worker” fatigue. We love that the cannabis industry is being considered essential, but those who work in the industry are working overtime and putting their safety on the line.
9: Scary statistics. Of course, death, domestic violence, and depression will still be issues in 2021, but we’re ready for some reprieve from how bad things have been.
8: Watching everything on Netflix. We love a good binge watch, but enough is enough.
7: COVID holidays. Maybe next year, we can actually travel, get together, and do all the things that make downtime good.
6: Remote working. If you haven’t put on pants in a week, we’re talking to you.
5: COVID fashion. And by that, we mean lack of fashion. Again, pants.
4: Smoking shake and dabbing reclaim when the dispensary is closed. We know reduced hours are important, but sometimes, they come at the wrong time.
3: Bread baking. The flour, the mess, the wasted hours while the bread won’t rise. No one ever said we were homemakers.
2: Stimulus checks. Between waiting, not getting them, and the back-and-forth over the second stimulus, we’re over it.
1: Quarantine. ‘Nuff said.
Things We’re Looking Forward To
21: Seeing other humans. Sure, humans are overrated, but we actually miss them.
20: Not hearing about 2020. We’re excited that people can no longer blame their problems on 2020.
19: CONCERTS. Seriously, whether you want to headbang at a death metal show or groove out to a jam band, we can all agree that the first opening note of a show is going to be the sweetest sound.
18: Not suiting up like it’s Armageddon to go to the grocery store. We never thought going to the grocery store without a mask, gloves, and a hazmat suit would be exciting, but here we are.
17: Conferences: We can smell the overpriced food now, and don’t even get us started on the free hand-outs.
16: Legal cannabis. We are seriously hoping.
15: More liberal leadership.While we aren’t saying Joe Biden will solve the world’s problems and legalize cannabis on his first day in office, we’re excited for the possibilities.
14: More cannabis delivery. That’s one good thing to come from lockdown!
13: More readers. With more people staying home and having downtime, there has been more time to read, and we hope it sticks.
12: A year that doesn’t have a cutesy, rhyming name.
11: Theatre. We admit it; we’re fans.
10: Shorter dispensary lines … and being able to vibe out in the dispensary and smell all the strains again.
9: In-person meetings. Never thought we’d say that!
8: More social equity. Again, we’re hoping.
7: Hugging friends and neighbors, not just those in our bubble.
6: Cannabis legality, and medical access, in many more states!
5: A new cannabis climate. What was once taboo and scary is now considered essential.
4: Being able to walk the dog, walk to the car, etc. without a mask on.
3: Sitting down in a restaurant for hours and ordering food and drinks; what a luxury!
2: A newfound appreciation of the little things.
1: A second chance. 2020 was a rough year, but we’re still here.