There's no doubt 2020 has been a year to forget: Protests over inequality, devastating wildfires, a record-setting hurricane season and a contentious election teamed up to complicate our lives.
Then there's the capper of them all, a worldwide pandemic that has sickened millions and killed nearly 2 million, 323,000 in the United States alone.
It's easy to see why people say they can't wait for the new year.
But, believe it or not, 2020 wasn't all bad. Here are some positive takeaways from a challenging year.
Pivot and adapt: Businesses hit hard by closures meant to stem the spread of COVID-19 were forced to change how they operate. Eat-in restaurants developed take-out procedures and expanded delivery options. Grocery stores created space on their shelves for local foods. Boutiques combined forces to boost traffic.
All in the family: People tired of being cooped up during the shutdown found love in the four-legged variety. Tanya Johnson, director of Paws and Claws Humane Society, says pet adoptions have been up during the pandemic. "We just hope the adoptions stick after the pandemic is over and people might no longer have the time."
Peaceful protest: The death of George Floyd sparked a national protest over racial inequality. While some of the protests degenerated into violence, local events remained peaceful, and the conversation continues.
Family feast: With many school sports seasons and extracurriculars on hold, parents aren’t having to rush students to multiple activities. For some, the gobbled sandwich in the SUV has become dinner in the dining room.
Home office: Employers found ways to be flexible, adopting work-at-home solutions and accommodating children’s distance learning schedules to keep employees and their families safe.
Miles to go: More people working from home meant fewer cars on the road. That translated into less air pollution and lower car insurance rates.
Ray of hope: Vaccines arrived before the end of the year and are seen as lights at the end of the 2020 tunnel.
Spirits up: Events such as Day of Prayer and Spirit Days remind us we still have reason to be thankful. Especially when 2020 is over.