Normally at this time of year, most of us are preoccupied with our New Years Resolutions (which we probably won’t keep beyond the first week of January). But as everyone knows, 2020 was not a normal year and it is not a normal New Years Eve.
Instead of resolutions, maybe now is the time to reflect on what we can expect in 2021. Some of these ideas might be wishful thinking than others. (It really remains to be seen whether concert halls and Broadway theaters can reopen in the next 12 months.) But with several vaccines already in production for mass distribution and out, 2021 is full of way more. possibilities than the previous year.
Here is a list of submissions from Fortune’s editorial on what we most expect (or hope for) in 2021.
I sit here every day hoping and wishing for my return to the Amalfi Coast. I know it’s simple, but I miss it so much. –Scott DeCarlo, List Editor
There is a concept of childbirth called “kangaroo care,” which reduces infant mortality and strengthens the bond between mother and child. The key is skin-to-skin contact. I think adults need kangaroo care too, and I can’t wait to receive hugs and handshakes again. –Robert Hackett, senior writer
I really look forward to the return of spontaneity. During the pandemic, everything takes a lot of planning. I can’t wait to leave my home without a mask to find a friend at the last minute. This is what I really miss. –McKenna Moore, Associate Editor of Audience Engagement
I really miss the random work events, wacky press nights, and the resulting conversations with strangers I would never have interacted with otherwise. (Somehow, Zoombombing isn’t quite the same thing.) Others on my wish list: get on a plane and go somewhere, anywhere again; buy new non-sports clothing; and stay home with a good book or to watch Netflix because it’s a choice, not the only safe option. –Maria Aspan, Senior Editor
I can’t wait to see some live music again. It’s magical when musicians come together in a space to perform in front of other people. The world is worse without it. –Andrew Nusca, digital editor
In 2021, I will never, ever, EVER miss the opportunity to watch live music in a crowd of other people who love it too. –Matthew Heimer, Senior Features Writer
I am desperately looking forward to the return of great outdoor shows like the Def Leppard / Mötley Crüe tour. I look forward to the return of major in-person marathons like Boston and New York. I desperately look forward to being able to visit Canada without having to quarantine in a motel near the border. –Phil Wahba, Senior Writer
Sports! Can’t wait to have a hot dog and a beer at a baseball game. –Rey Mashayekhi, journalist
Of course, not being able to go to the gym safely is a bummer, but group yoga – especially hot indoor yoga – has been an even deeper loss for some of us. My first stop after COVID is under control will be a small, tightly sealed room where I and 20 strangers do glorified push-ups while bathing in delirium-inducing heat, a pseudospiritual blather, and each other’s sweat. It will be glorious. –David Z. Morris, Technical Writer
Enough rain and snow to keep California from burning again. That city streets closed to cars during the pandemic to create more open space be kept closed at all times. I am not talking about COVID. –Verne Kopytoff, editor-in-chief
In Rome, an apartment with aterrace(terrace) is the key. I sneaked out onto many narrow Roman balconies to dine with friends, clinking wine glasses as the sun sets on another one-day burn. The setting can turn even the most humble home cooked meal into a decadent Italian affair. I long for the return of Roman dinners. This is where I find my best article ideas, some of which can even be published.
And it’s a long time, but maybe the ski gods will hear my call. For years I have been planning to ski the famous Sellaronda with my daughters, a 40 kilometer route that circles the magnificent Sella massif in the Italian Alps. The visit from village to village lasts all day. Halfway is the beautiful little gem of Arabba, where you can find a little hideaway that serves as a means saxhorn and thick hot chocolates. 2021 is supposed to be the first time we ski together. –Bernhard Warner, editor-in-chief
Can’t wait (hope!) To spend less time solving logistical challenges, nuances and mistakes [in regard to] COVID, but I am optimistic that the crash course society has taken into account the complex implications of this unforeseen virus will translate into people who will be better communicators on future issues that affect us collectively.
I also look forward to feeling relieved from a vague feeling of dread. While there are plenty of issues around the world to fear and resolve outside of COVID (or now exacerbated by) COVID, before March I could never shake the idea that we as a society are rushing towards a kind of breaking point [or] time came to Jesus who would force us to reflect on our priorities and our trajectories. It will be a relief to be on the other side of a moment like this, but until then I really can’t predict which aspects of my old lifestyle I will pick up and which I will let go. –Lydia Belanger, production editor
More to read absolutely way of life and entertainment cover ofFortune:
- The 10 best business books from 2020
- Congressional COVID-19 relief bill includes $ 15 billion for Broadway, small concert halls, theaters
- “The Mushroom Mozart”: For centuries, truffle hunting has been one of the most difficult activities in the world. Then the pandemic struck
- From pet adoptions and home improvement to sweatpants: 10 COVID-fueled consumer trends that will last
- How Hawaii’s COVID-19 Testing Program Could Be A Model For a wider reopening of international travel