How can I possibly wrap up 2020 in a single blog post when I could write 4 novels and a movie adaptation about just the month of March. Wow, what a year this has been. It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating the start of a new decade. We had so much hope for the next 10 years. I feel like I’ve lived several lifetimes throughout the past year, but at the same time it feels like its gone by in the blink of an eye. It would be very easy to write about all of the reasons 2020 was terrible, however, I think 2020 has had a lot of lessons so I’m going to reflect on those instead.
- We need to have more compassion for each other.
This one if for all of you anti-maskers and science deniers 🙂 The amount of times I have seen people post about how wearing a mask infringes on their rights and freedoms and how it goes against the constitution, is insane. If I can do anything to protect those who could possibly die from COVID-19, why wouldn’t I do my part by wearing a mask? It’s such a simple and painless thing to do. The fact that this has become a political issue is crazy to me. I hate how divided the world has become over the past year and I hope going forward we can put our differences aside and start being much kinder to one another.
2. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices that are really hard.
This year, we all had to sacrifice something. Whether it was not seeing your grandparents for a while, cancelling plans with friends, or staying home from a vacation, we’ve had to learn to adapt to the current situation. One of the sacrifices I’ll probably have to make this year is not being able to go home for Christmas. I’ve never spent a single Christmas without my parents. I have a flight booked home to Calgary, but I can’t consciously make the decision to jump on an airplane, and visit 3 or 4 separate homes full of people that I haven’t seen in months, at the height of a pandemic. If I can do my part and stay home and keep others healthy, I am going to have to sacrifice not seeing my family. Sacrifices are selfless decisions that are never easy, but are sometimes very necessary. This lesson applies to many things in life and I think this year has been a really good guide to making sacrifices.
3. We need to check-in on our friends and family more often.
Isolation and loneliness during the pandemic has effected so many people. Personally, living away from my family has made some days really difficult. I don’t know what I would do without texting, phone calls, or Facetime. When the pandemic is over, and we all return to our “normal” lives, we can’t forget to check in on our friends and family and make sure they know how much we love and appreciate them. It is so important to keep connecting with each other and make sure our friends and family know how much we value having them in our lives. At the end of the day, material items and money don’t mean anything. Maintaining friendships and relationships is so important.
4. Focus on the small victories.
If this year has taught me anything, it’s that you can drive yourself crazy refreshing your news feed every 5 seconds and reading all of the not-so-uplifting content that our world is filled with. We can’t be ignorant and ignore the news, but we can’t let it consume us either. We need to find a balance between focussing on what we can change, and what we can’t. It’s become crucial to celebrate the small victories in life. Whether that’s celebrating an anniversary with your partner, getting a good grade on a test, or achieving a personal goal, we need to find small things in our every day lives that will uplift us when the world seems so dark. I often find myself sad in the winter because its so dark and grey here, so finding small things to be happy about can make a huge difference in your life.
Thats all that I have for today. I know 2020 has been the worst year for so many people, and 2021 isn’t going to be the end of it. There’s so many systematic problems that aren’t going to disappear as soon as the clock strikes 12 on Dec.31. We need to keep supporting each other and having compassion.