As 2020 winds down, it’s hard to not think about the optimism December 2019 held. This time last year there were holiday gatherings, Christmas bake sales and perhaps even people planning their New Year’s resolutions. What a time to be alive.
Whether we like it or not, 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic threw any sense of routine into a tailspin. The concept of time may even feel a little lost on some. Remember Tiger King? That show hit Netflix in March of this year. Feels a lot longer ago, doesn’t it?
There may be a reason March 2020 seems like it was two years ago. Felix Ringel, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Durham University, claims that the crisis caused by COVID-19, “could be seen to deprive us of our ‘temporal agency’ – the ability to structure, manage and manipulate our experience of time.”