This is a bit of a long answer - sorry! Short answer, is that I would probably say 2020 was better.
As an Aussie (particularly a Queenslander), I only had one lockdown for a couple of weeks in 2020, then back to normal (for everywhere except Victoria, which suffered a second much longer lockdown). The biggest hindrance was not being able to travel overseas, and not knowing when we’d get the vaccine and borders would reopen.
2021… has been crazy. It started off really well! The first of the “snap lockdowns” (usually lasting between three - seven days) started early in the year, but were pretty scarce… until recently. I think it was only a couple of months ago where they started becoming a lot more frequent and it almost turned into “pass the parcel” (err, pass the lockdown) between states/cities: one would go in just as another was coming out.
And a side affect worth noting of these snap lockdowns is cancelled plans. One day, life is normal, the next you are in lockdown - or the place were going to go to is in lockdown. So whereas last year it was relatively easy and worry-free to travel to various other parts of the country, every time I’ve tried this year it’s been cancelled by either a snap lockdown or snap state border closure.
And now NSW’s been in lockdown that has been going on for weeks and weeks (probably feels even worse because they were told going into that lockdown that it would be for two weeks), and now Victoria’s following a fairly similar path. At this point, the premiers have pretty much said that lockdown will remain until 80% of the population has been vaccinated.
So yeah, for us 2021’s definitely been the crazier of the two!
That’s a tough one. I think that everyone is entitled to an opinion, so long as it is not mistaken for fact (if that makes sense).
Although it really does depend on what said opinion is for. Favourite brand of chocolate? No problem. But… with more controversial topics, I daresay that one would be best off putting in a bit of research before deciding on an opinion. Just getting the basic facts and collaborating it with credible sources. And even then, being open to the idea of having an open mind.