New Year, New Hope: Things to Look Forward to in 2021

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2020 has been nothing short of chaotic. From an unprecedented pandemic to historic calls for racial justice to homicidal hornets to a seemingly major uptick in global climate catastrophes — and those are just a few of the year’s standout events — it feels like the start of the new decade has bombarded us with big, bizarre and just plain bad news stories at every turn. It’s safe to say that we’re ready for (and deserve) some respite in 2021. And it looks like hope is finally on the horizon.

Things are already feeling more positive as the new year approaches, and there’s actually a lot to look forward to — aside from the mere fact that it won’t be 2020 anymore, which seems like some progress in and of itself. Simple things we once took for granted (and couldn’t do or enjoy because of the COVID-19 crisis) will become accessible again. The face of American politics will see an exciting first. And we might even get closer to world peace than we’ve ever been. Ready for 2021’s fresh start? Here’s a sampling of what’s restoring our hope in this time of new beginnings.