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Bakersfield residents reflect on the positive of 2020

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Posted at 10:47 PM, Dec 31, 2020
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — While this past year presented a great deal of sadness there were also many first and memorable moments. 23ABC's Lezla Gooden looks at how Bakersfield residents are remembering 2020.

While this past year presented a great deal of sadness there were also many first and memorable moments for many in Bakersfield.

It was a year that a lot of us will never forget, and despite a large number of changes, locals like Bobbie Chavez still found moments of happiness through the chaos known as 2020, with her fiancé.

"My and her family have been able to stay safe and I am officially going to marry Carla in probably a couple of days. We just have to go to the courthouse and get the license," said Chavez.

And with all the challenges, some say it was their most successful year.

"2020 for me was I was able to build my goals. Taking more time off and being able to make some success - and turning some dreams into reality," said Bakersfield resident Sebastian Romeo.

"I was able to finally graduate college before the whole online stuff and we were able to invite two new pets into our home this year," added Macy Darntell.

"For me, it was that I was able to get a new job. Amazon coming into town was great for us," said Sam Dartnell.

Other people shared their moments of overcoming the COVID-19 with their families.

"The most difficult moments were when my grandparents were sick with COVID and they almost died," explained Luz Lopez. "That was the hardest part of this year and the most exciting part and the moment is that they are still alive."

"The most memorable has been the COVID issue. But I think what made me happy is that it brought a lot of us closer together with family," said Enrique Escalera.

Said Ashley Cabral: "We were stuck with each other and we had to put up with each other and it was awesome honestly because our family wanted really that close until COVID."

While some 23ABC spoke with were dashing to stores preparing for New Year's Day, they shared they all are planning to spend it with family and looking forward to the new year.

"I think in 2021 I am looking forward to seeing my friends again with the vaccine being more widely available," added Darntell.

For Bobbie Chavez, 2021 is an opportunity to do more.

"I am looking to make a difference in people's lives and we plan to do that together."

And if you would like to share your happiest moments from 2020 head over to the 23ABC Facebook page and let us know and even drop a picture of those moments in the comments.