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Will the second half of 2020 be better than the first? We ask the question around Downtown Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — 2020 has been quite the year, and we’re only halfway through. It’s no question that this year has been special for many, but we don’t mean special in a positive way.

“It’s been a very interesting ride,” said Roanoke resident Veronica Perkins.

A pandemic, social unrest, and murder hornets are only a few aspects of what’s been thrown at us in the first six months of this year.

WFXR News set up in Downtown Roanoke and asked people who were out and about a simple question: “Will the second half of 2020 be better than the first?”

Some said yes.

“There is always a rainbow on the other side of a rain cloud,” Perkins continued.

Perkins and her family have been affected by job loss in 2020, but she says her strong faith and support group of friends and family have helped her family persevere.

“We’re really optimistic and hopeful,” Perkins said. “In fact, we are excited about the second half of the year.”

However, others don’t share her enthusiasm.

“Based on what I’ve seen, I think it’s going to be, unfortunately worse,” said Cary Leeth.

Leeth had a friend pass away this year due to coronavirus-related complications, and is worried the reopening of Virginia is a bit premature, especially if people aren’t taking precautions seriously.

“When I see somebody not wearing a mask, I think ‘well, they don’t care too much about me, whether I get it or not,'” Leeth said.

Regardless of what happens in the next six months, some just want a shred of normalcy.

“When corona is over, I get to play with my friends again and go back to school,” said Ava Yopp, who will start kindergarten this coming school year.

One life-long Roanoke resident says, good or bad, it’s all about attitude that dictates the outcome of your day.

“You count your blessings every day,” said Bill Wilkinson. “Attitude of gratitude, a man who is thankful will be a hell of a lot more happy than a man who is not thankful.”

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