Goodbye, 2020!

As I wrote my year-in-review in Japanese, I came to the conclusion that I was “surprisingly content” with the year. Not because it was easy or went as planned, but despite it – as you can imagine.

Yellow Fall Leaves

This year I:

  • experienced the first cancellation of WordCamp of the year due to the pandemic as an organizer
  • co-organized do_action Japan
  • spent more time with kids while their daycare was entirely/partially closed between April and July
  • didn’t get to see my parents and relatives at all 😢
  • picked up Spanish again, made 180+ days streak on Duolingo 💪
  • enjoyed learning about positive psychology through a Coursera course & podcast, and as a result:
  • reduced the usage of Facebook & Instagram by 90% or so
  • started learning about video editing and subtitling technologies

Thanks to some of the things I ended up doing and of course those who supported and inspired me, 2020 turned out to be a year for good reflection. I also feel more grounded than before, shedding some things I thought were important before but actually aren’t.

I’m especially grateful to my work and team/colleagues – seeing remote/distributed work become more mainstream this year made me realize that the (fortunate) situation I’m in isn’t easily replaceable by just having the freedom to decide where I work. They truly care about our well-being and I was saved by that while I struggled to balance between taking care of kids and getting things done at work.

And now, I’m really ready to leave all those behind and say goodbye to 2020. I hope to see you around in the Polyglots community and WordCamp Japan (online) in 2021!

By Naoko Takano

高野直子 / Globalizer at Automattic / 🏠 Tokyo, Japan

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