The Internet Has High Hopes for 2021, and We Have the Memes to Prove It

As the end of the year arrives, we can admit 2020 we really have to say it? We can only hope for a less tumultuous time in 2021, though some people aren't so sure just yet.

Today, there are memes that summarize the exhaustive nature of 2020, and some that expect the replacement of one numeral won't change that much overnight. Another, more optimistic group, however, is ready for a positive start and a much happier New Year. In their minds, the ball drop at midnight signifies something entirely different that could bring welcome respite from the insanity.

Whichever way you spin it, whether counting down until midnight with caution or with excitement, some memes are hilarious and more than relatable. Twitter and Instagram were full of high hopes and crossed fingers.

Some people, including celebrities like Kristin Chenoweth, danced their way into the New Year showing no remorse or longing to remember any part of 2020. This group seemed to hope for quick new beginnings and the ability to leave behind coronavirus, isolation and other unpleasantries.

Even Taylor Swift joined in with an odd goodbye to the "weird" 2020 with a bear costume photo we're sure will go viral by the end of the day.

When they tell you 2020 ends at 11:59pm 🍾🎉💃 #NewYearsEve #NYE2020 #PeaceOut2020 #bye2020

— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) December 31, 2020

bye 2020, it’s been weird.

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 31, 2020

#Bye2020 don’t let the door hit ya

— Liz Jenkins (@ej11lizzie) December 31, 2020

Bye, 2020!

— Albert Einstein (@AlbertEinstein) December 31, 2020

We've almost made it, y'all! BYE 2020!

— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) December 31, 2020

Happy New Year’s Eve 🥳 #Bye2020 @violadavis

— HTGAWM 🅙 (@fyeahtgawm) December 31, 2020

Looking back at 2020 like.....#Bye2020 #GoodRiddance

— Europe On Ice (@europeonice) December 30, 2020

#GoodBye2020 #hello2021 #bye2020

2020 in a nutshell

— Robin Hood 🏹 (@GoodRobinHood) December 31, 2020

I don’t think I’ve ever reposted a comic before--but with a small tweak, this one seemed to fit. Congratulations everyone on making it through this incredibly tough year. I am keeping you, and especially those of you who experienced loss, in my thoughts. Hoping for a better 2021!

— Sarah Andersen (@SarahCAndersen) December 31, 2020

The last day of 2020 has finally arrived, how do you feel? Reply with a GIF! #Bye2020

— Funko at Peppermint Lane 🎄 (@OriginalFunko) December 31, 2020
The Sydney Harbour fireworks display is seen over a near-empty Sydney Opera House forecourt during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 1, 2021, in Sydney. Brook Mitchell/Getty Images/Getty

Others suggested that 2021 will continue as a sort of sister year to 2020. It seems unlikely COVID, or its related problems, will disappear right away. So, some memes kept the idea of a recovery year in mind. Or, a year that has the potential to go just as poorly if humans aren't careful.

Many memes have focused on preparing for any other surprises that 2020 just didn't get to.

Happy New Years to all on the other side of the world #Bye2020

— Angel 🍥 (@AngelBlabber) December 31, 2020

Premiering tonight! #Bye2020

— ❄️🎄Wreath Nagy🎄❄️ (@keithlnagy) December 31, 2020

This year will be different ..#lastdayof2020 #2021makeawish #NewYearsEve ...

— Ashish Choudhary (@ashu_choudry) December 31, 2020

bye bye 2020 . . hello 2021 😂

— Tamer Badawy (@tamerbadawy76) December 31, 2020

Bye 2020. Like IKEA just when you thought you were free and clear a whole new level of hell revealed itself.

— Titus O'Reily (@TitusOReily) December 31, 2020

And somehow, though the pain that 2020 brought to many people, some netizens chose to look back on 2020 with kindness. This pet-centric post may make you tear up due to its sweet nature and the true silver lining provided in an otherwise horrific year.

My friends @ronandmel shared this on their #socialmedia page. I thought it was cute and so true. #Bye2020

— Aaron Ellis (@aaronellis01) December 31, 2020

Perhaps the most moving posts, though, expressed hope for a better future. Some shared their COVID vaccines, happy moments and other devastation-defying steps into 2021. Health care workers have been sharing photos of their getting vaccinated, and it's a very optimistic end to the otherwise stressful year.

Made history today. This is what hope looks like. This is for my patients, my family, my friends and myself. #CovidVaccine #gottheshot #bye2020

— Kash Brar (@kashbrar91) December 30, 2020

Ending 2020 with a vaccine and a 💍...don't think it gets better than this. #bye2020 #engaged #CovidVaccine

— Paige Morgan (@epaigemorgan) December 26, 2020

There's no way to predict that 2021 will be a better year than 2020. Some predictions, like those that were made by Nostradamus, don't look too hopeful. But, we've made it this far and are certain anything 2021 has planned will be easier than 2020. At least, we can hope.