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21 things to look forward to in 2021 … if everything works out as we hope

Yes, it may be tempting fate. Yes, the 2020 version of this story now reads like a depressing farce.

But come on. Something good has to happen in 2021, right?

A lot of things that were cancelled in 2020 are back on this year.

Tentatively.

And a lot of commonplace activities that we’ve previously taken for granted may slowly return to our lives, things like hugging and not being uneasy about getting on a plane.

TENTATIVELY.

If everything goes right, we can dare to look forward to these notable spots in 2021.

1. The Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 2021.  Credit: CNN

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were put on pause because of the pandemic, but are now scheduled for July 2021.

It may not look like Olympics past – the IOC says it will be a “simpler, more restrained approach,” – but that won’t stop us from indulging in the communal joy of pretending to know how gymnastics is scored.

2. Eurovision Song Contest

The contest’s organisers say there will 'definitely be a Eurovision Song Contest in 2021.'
The contest’s organisers say there will ‘definitely be a Eurovision Song Contest in 2021.’ Credit: GUY PRIVES/CNN

Remember concerts? Remember music shows?

Remember seeing big, undulating throngs of overly energetic people enjoying the vibes without a care in the world?

Those may be coming back, and that includes the uber-popular Eurovision Song Contest, which was postponed from 2020.

The contest’s organisers say there will “definitely be a Eurovision Song Contest in 2021.”

It’s currently pencilled in for May in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

3. NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars

Mars will get a new little inhabitant when NASA's Perseverance rover touches down in February.
Mars will get a new little inhabitant when NASA’s Perseverance rover touches down in February. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Mars will get a new little inhabitant when NASA’s Perseverance rover touches down in February.

Like its charming rover predecessors in the Mars Exploration Program, Perseverance will no doubt have an entire Earth-bound fandom rooting it on.

Is it because we like to anthropomorphise complex robotics, or because we secretly wish we, too, could be blasted off this Earth onto another planet?

4. Travelling and large gatherings

Many people are looking forward to travelling overseas again.
Many people are looking forward to travelling overseas again. Credit: CNN

Raise your hand if the most exotic sight you’ve seen this year is literally anything outside your own home.

Even if you’re not planning a huge getaway once the pandemic gets better, just the idea that you could is kind of comforting.

And you know what’s better than a vacation?

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