A Wyvern’s Tale: Let’s make 2021 decent


First semester? Gone. 45th U.S. president? Also gone. COVID-19 positivity rate in Connecticut? Gone…down to just under five percent. 2021 is starting off strong, I hope. With these little victories, it would almost be easy to forget the insurrection at our Capitol just under a month ago or the new variants of COVID-19 looming over our shoulders. There’s so much to talk about and hardly enough space to get to all of them. 

Our schedules and lives are constantly changing, and time seems to switch back and forth between speeding ahead and slowing to a crawl. So, with all the election craziness and first semester grades behind us, it feels like a good time to sit back; taking a breather and settling into the senior slide was definitely my first instinct. Except, I don’t think it should be. 2020 was hectic and exhausting and a ton of other adjectives that all mean “bad,” but 2021 isn’t the cure for all of it either. 

We’re all tired of worrying about masks or worrying about politics. Maybe you’re even tired of going to class, but we should be worried about these things. As frustrating as it is, now isn’t the time to sit back and relax. As we approach a year of mask-wearing and toilet paper hoarding, it’s all too easy to start standing close to friends again between classes, myself included. Anything remotely reminiscent of pre-March 13 life feels sacred. However, we’re all familiar with last spring semester, and to erase our progress so far would be a complete waste. 

The same goes for politics. Whether the Inauguration was a relief for you or not, we should be keeping just as close of an eye on the new administration. Executive orders canceling the Keystone pipeline and banning discrimination based on gender and sexuality are obviously fantastic. That being said, politicians aren’t celebrities to idolize, no matter how fashionable Bernie Sanders’ mittens are. 

With last year’s events still fresh in our minds, all of this can seem incredibly overwhelming. Reaching a point where masks become an outdated fashion piece sounds like paradise. However, as Symposium author Min Jin Lee told us, we don’t have to save civilization, we just have to be decent. So 2021 doesn’t have to be (and won’t be) the year that fixes all our problems, but we can definitely make it a decent one.