BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - 2020 is a year that will go down in history for many things, most of them unpleasant. Some are calling it the worst year ever, for others, at least the worst in a generation.
South Mississippians suffered through the difficult times of 2020 along with the rest of the world. Here’s what some South Mississippians and tourists had to say about the year many want to forget.
Retired “nomad” Rick Lund described it as “Very turbulent, ups and downs, scary.”
“Oh man, it’s been a year to remember for sure,” said Alicia Tolliver of Ocean Springs.
Johnny Pickens of Gulfport said “2020 has been one of the worst years I’ve seen since the year of ’87.”
We didn’t ask him what happened in 1987, but we’re sure it was horrible.
“It has been a tragic (year),” Pickens said. “Because of all the adversity we’ve been dealing with, you know the economy and as a nation as a whole. We have been dealing with some very troublesome times.”
But our random selection of people across the Gulf Coast revealed a surprisingly upbeat look at the year that was and many wishes for better things.
Tolliver had an empathetic tone about the year.
“But it made you love the ones, take them in, love them a little stronger because so many people were lost.” said Tolliver.
She also saw good in the sacrifices we all had to make.
“We went without, but it makes you appreciate life, so I’m still grateful.” said Tolliver.
Lund’s wife, Linda, took an optimistic look at the future.
“I think next year is going to be a lot better,” said Linda. “Once we can get everybody vaccinated and move forward. It’s something to look forward to.”
Ryan Walter of Pensacola had spent the previous evening at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi with his father. They didn’t win any money, but enjoyed being together. His was a more mystic look at the year.
“I believe that 2020 has been Divine Intervention,” said Walter. “I feel like collectively, we’re all waking up and this experience has forced ourselves to come back to our self in some way, so I like to think of it as a positive thing.”
We’re going to give Pickens the last word.
“But the thing is to say: Mississippi Strong and corona-free.” said Pickens.