2020 truly was the year of cancelled things. Even when coronavirus was starting to take hold and things were starting to get closed down, who could ever have imagined that so many things would be cancelled? And for so long? Who would have thought that we would ever only be allowed out of the house once a day to exercise?
I guess we are ‘lucky’ in that we’re not big on days out or exotic holidays. But, like most people, we have still had a lot of things cancelled this year.
If you’d told me at the start of this year that we would have holidays and athletics competitions cancelled, I wouldn’t have known how we could bear it. But with hundreds of people dying every day when the crisis was at its worst, a cancelled holiday really paled into insignificance.
So, although we’ve briefly felt sad about cancelled things, we’ve taken it all in our stride. Because we had to!
Who knew we would make it through a year without so many of the things we love?
With the exception of the last two, these are all things that we had booked or organised before lockdown. The list doesn’t include things we might have arranged at the time.
This may not be an exhaustive list, but I THINK this is all of our cancelled things from 2020:
- 11 GCSEs – a total of 24 exams
- Countless days of school (neither of my kids spent any time in school after 20th March)
- Three months of work for my eldest (furlough)
- A marathon
- Four half marathons (ie every half marathon I’d intended to do this year)
- 42 parkruns (which would have taken me beyond my 250 parkrun milestone)
- A trip to Amsterdam for my husband and I
- A school trip to Paris for my daughter
- A school rugby tour for my son
- A year 11 prom for my son
- A holiday to Center Parcs with my whole family
- Countless athletics competitions for both kids
- Countless athletics training sessions for both kids
- Several school and club football matches for my son
- Countless ballet and jazz classes for my daughter
- Countless weekly football sessions for my husband
- A Scout camp for my daughter
- A term and a half of Scout meetings for my daughter
- A term and a half of volunteering at Beavers for my daughter
- A meet-up with blogging friends
- A trip to the theatre
- Wychwood Festival
- Levellers concert
- FA Cup semi-final and final at Wembley for my husband
- England games at Wembley for my husband
- The opportunity to do work experience or volunteering in preparation for a medical degree for my younger son
- The opportunity to do part-time work for my younger son
- A panto for my daughter – including audition, rehearsals and around 28 performances
- Driving theory test for my son (although this is one of the few things which has been rescheduled)
- Several driving lessons for my son
What have been your biggest cancelled things? How have you coped without doing the things you love for so long?