One of the people whom I follow on social media, and whose insights on all things tech I admire, does this thing every year where she answers a set of questions. See her blog post at Nafisa.co.za and follow her on Twitter @nafisa1 Since I am on a little break, I thought I would give it a try – just for a larf.
1. What did you do in 2020 that you’d never done before?
Realised just how fragile my body is…
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t usually make New Year’s Resolutions, but I did start something in late November 2019, and have kept it up. There were times when I even forgot that I had started it.
3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
Same as last year, and the year before, and… At home.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2021 that you lacked in 2020?
Time, and a Covid-free country to research and write the book(s) that I have been commissioned, and promised to write. Although I suspect the commissioning publisher has given up on me. The Pandemic has made it virtually impossible to get about, and do the research and interviews for the main book.
7. What date from 2020 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
5 October, the day that I was brutally attacked by protesters, and was left with a broken jaw, fractured skull, shattered gums and teeth, and afterwards learned that I had post-concussion symptoms. It left me emotionally extremely fragile – coming a year after quite a traumatic set of circumstances related to October/November issues referred to in answer to question 2.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I wrote two or three columns for Business Day that were at the cusp of thinking on global economic governance, political economy to the extent that when the Financial Times (eventually) wrote about it a few weeks later I felt particularly proud. Other than that, making it to 30 December Covid-Free.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes. See answer to question 7
12. Where did most of your money go?
Food & utilities, medical bills – nothing exciting.
13. What song will always remind you of 2020?
Nothing in particular. Maybe Norah Jones’ “Cold Cold Heart”.
14. What do you wish you’d done more of?
15. What do you wish you’d done less of?
16. What was your favourite TV programme?
Don’t have a TV
17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No, but I have come to hate what they represent as 2020 continued
18. What was the best book you read?
Elif Shafak’s 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World
19. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Putih Abu Abu. Most of their work is aimed at teenagers and terribly sentimental but for some reason I enjoy it all. It is, of course, not Tom Waits, or Steely Dan, the people I really like, but….
21. What did you do on your birthday?
22. What kept you sane?
Writing and reading
24. Who was the best new person you met?
I made friends with a really cool person, but probably should not identify her without her permission. More than that, I really appreciate and I am profoundly grateful, for the old and new friends who reached out to help after my accident (see above)
25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2020
It’s easy to be a struggling writer or artist if you have a (financial) family safety net.