Things to Look Forward to in 2021

Last year was a rough year, to say the least. In fact, most of us couldn’t wait for it to end. Now that 2020 is finally over, let’s look forward to a year that will undoubtedly have more positive things in store. Here are just a few things you can look forward to in 2021.

The Vaccine (and Normal Life)

Starting off with the most obvious and most precious item on this list, the COVID-19 vaccine has become available to health care workers and older citizens, but will slowly but surely become available for all. With continuing vaccinations, experts predict a return to normal by this coming winter, and the painful isolation of 2020 will give way to long-craved togetherness (and hugs!).

New Movies and Shows

It’s hard to say if this year will bring a new work of art that will grip us as a nation à la Tiger King. Regardless, there are certainly a lot of upcoming shows and movies. From new Matrix, James Bond and Space Jam movies to an Eddie Murphy comeback (that is apparently not a comeback) and possible Oscar-favorite Judas and the Black Messiah, there is no scarcity of new releases. If you’re looking for shows, you can look forward to six new Marvel series, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s comedic Mr. Mayor, a Friends reunion and more.

The Olympics

Last year led to the cancelation of several sporting events, most notability the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Although organizers say the Olympics will look a little different this year, with stricter guidelines to contain the COVID-19 virus, we can all look forward to tuning in from around the globe.

Science and Nature Events

Space travel in 2020 was one of the few things seemingly unaffected by the pandemic, and this year has even more in store. In February, NASA’s Perseverance will land on Mars to hunt for past microbial life. On Halloween, the Hubble Telescope’s successor, the James Webb telescope, will launch 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. Both Boeing and SpaceX are set to send more humans (including Tom Cruise) to space. In other science events, long-awaited talks on climate change will take center stage at the UN Climate Change Conference, and the U.S.’s largest brood of cicadas will reemerge this spring and summer.

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