The year 2020 will go down in history as the mother-of-all disasters. At least, as far as I know!
The only blessing is the number of lessons it’s taught us. We have learned to look at everything with a fresh perspective and with a whole lot of wisdom we wouldn’t have had, otherwise. We do take everything for granted, don’t we? So, we did need these lessons. Although, not at the cost of our lives!
To say that 2020 has been a trying year, would be an understatement.
Full of uncertainty, of fear and panic, of disappointments, of anguish, depression, and hopelessness. But, it’s also been an eye-opener for us all, despite all that we have been through
We did begin the lockdown period in March doing everything to keep our spirits high. But then, as time started to pass and the horrid reality began to sink in, we realised it’s going to be much worse, much more difficult to fathom and live through.
My anxiety hit me hard initially. But, I am grateful for my art that saw me through it all. And, for my writing that helped me shut out the noise and focus on just creating to maintain my mental balance.
Today, as I look back at the year that 2020 has been, I would like to only focus on what it taught me.
Maybe it’s this positivity that has seeped into me through the difficult days. Not that I am always positive. There are days when my mindset is in a state of utter despair; days when I see no light at the end of the tunnel; days when I wish the world would come to an end and we would be saved from the suffering.
But, there are also days when I force myself to focus on the positive, see the rainbows amidst the greys, the hope amidst all the despondency. Maybe today is such a day.
So, here’s what I learned from this year.
THINGS I LEARNED FROM 2020:
Life happens when we are busy planning life.
However much prepared we are for the worst, when the worst does come knocking at our doors, we aren’t prepared enough.
We will have to endure the adversity, live through it, breathe it every day, as long as it lasts.
Nothing lasts forever.
“This, too, shall pass” needs to be our mantra to help see us through the dark nights.
It helps to focus on the moment. It’s pointless thinking/planning about the future. The present is all we really have. The future’s just a mirage.
You learn to connect with yourself during times of distancing. And, it is liberating, indeed!
Only our closest few friends will stand by us through thick or thin. Even if they are a thousand miles away.
You learn to choose your battles and trivialise that which doesn’t warrant a dispute.
Silence is golden. Lack of communication and socialising can be a blessing, at times. It gives you the space and energy to meditate on that which is enlightening.
Things rarely go as planned. Go with the flow. Take just one day at a time, one moment at a time, and give it your best.
Things do work out, eventually. Be patient, even if that is the toughest thing to do.
Necessity is the mother of all inventions. Think about all that you devised during the lockdown, and you will know what I am talking about.
Health is the real wealth.
After good health, money is everything, even if some believe otherwise. It buys life-saving medical treatment, it buys necessities, and also the happiness that you get from doing all the little things that you think money can’t buy.
Even if we feel nothing is working out in our favour, there will be one thing that does. Be grateful for it.
Be grateful for everything that works, and also everything that doesn’t.
Happiness lies in the simple things. We need just those basic, simple things to survive. Simple food, simple lifestyle, simple thoughts. Nothing complicated.
Whatever’s destined to happen, will. Nothing and no one can stop that from happening.
Accept life as it is and find ways to smile, and things to be grateful for.
I wonder what the new year has in store for us. I am not expecting any magic. Although, miracles do happen, but it’s best if we don’t have high expectations, right?
I just wish to stay open for whatever’s to come my way in the new year. Embrace whatever comes my way–good or bad–and learn to live with it, be grateful for it and learn something from it that will make me a better version of myself.
I sure am proud of myself for the way I dealt with these past ten months. Yes, I did falter here and there, but all in all, I turned out a better person than the one at the beginning of the year. And, for that, I am thankful for 2020.
How about you?
I am sure you must have learned a lot from 2020, too. Do share in the comments at least one of the lessons that helped you look at life from a new angle.