2020 was unforgettable, especially for Bitcoin. To help memorialize this year for our readers, we asked our network of contributors to reflect on Bitcoin’s price action, technological development, community growth and more in 2020, and to reflect on what all of this might mean for 2021. These writers responded with a collection of thoughtful and thought-provoking articles. Click here to read all of the stories from our End Of Year 2020 Series.
Boy, what a year it’s been.
It’s hard to find the words to address 2020. I have wrestled with mixed emotions throughout this year, and I suspect many of you have as well. Anger and frustration, yes, but also validation and excitement. So many of the things we’ve been talking about for so long, all of the trends we’ve been tracking and predictions we’ve been making, appear to be more and more accurate.
I’ve found the apparent acceleration of events this year to be quite sobering, and it has definitely motivated more serious preparation for whatever may lie ahead.
I can’t imagine having to confront the challenges of the world today without Bitcoin. The fact that it exists gives me a profound sense of peace. I sometimes refer to it as a heartbeat of existential comfort (beating roughly once every 10 minutes). As long as it keeps beating, I have hope for the future.
Coinciding with this hope is an immense gratitude, an inexhaustible enthusiasm and a palpable energy that seems directly generated by Bitcoin. I know many of you feel it too. It’s amazing isn’t it? No matter how crazy the world gets, the hope that Bitcoin inspires is so amazingly powerful that it casts away despair and focuses your will toward building a better future. It’s like a drug that awakens the best aspects of yourself, and compels you to refine and express them.
Yet still, with such hyperbolic enthusiasm, one can’t help but wonder: Am I really seeing this clearly? Do I want this to be something so badly that I’m…