The Brief: People are marking the start of March 2021 with memes, many of which reference how we've been living in a pandemic for approximately one year.
While the beginning of a new month is often seen as a fresh start and a cause for celebration, memes about March 2021 express people’s exhaustion with life in a pandemic. For many, time feels warped, making the last 12 months seem endless, extremely brief, or like combination of the two.
For much of the world, the Coronavirus pandemic really started hitting hard by March 2020 and another March means that people have been affected by COVID for an entire year. Thus, memes showcase people’s fatigue from enduring the hardships associated with “the new normal.”
i'm abstaining this year, but happy march to all who celebrate
— alex (@alex_abads) March 1, 2021
So March we meet again you raggedy bitch.
— Dewayne Perkins (@DewaynePerkins) March 1, 2021
A popular sentiment in memes is that people are “still processing March 2020,” even as March 2021 begins.
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Another popular meme format compares how people felt on March 1st 2020 vs. March 1st 2021.
March 1st 2020 vs March 1st 2021 pic.twitter.com/ZslN0qw1Hw
— Ringer Dish (@RingerDish) March 1, 2021
Me on Me on
March 1st March 1st
2020: 2021: pic.twitter.com/NyZ3k4hEso
— Americana at Brand Memes (@americanamemes) March 1, 2021
me on march 1st 2020// me on march 1st 2021 pic.twitter.com/B1f436YECe
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) March 1, 2021
March 1st 2020 vs March 1st 2021 pic.twitter.com/BiSehH7TyO
— Danny Neary (@itsdannyneary) March 1, 2021
March 1st 2020 March 1st 2021 pic.twitter.com/RIsHMYXEgy
— Amy (@cableknitjumper) March 1, 2021
March 1st 2020 March 1st 2021 pic.twitter.com/UMPZBu7Zko
— Gene Park (@GenePark) March 1, 2021