I am amongst the majority of the population of the world who currently are counting down the days until we kick goodbye to 2020.
I literally don’t know one person who has not been tested and tried during 2020. It’s the year that will go down in history as “did this really happen”- I don’t want to go on too much about COVID as we all by now know how much of an impact it has had on everyday life.
However, what I do want to touch upon is what I learnt during this time.
1.Be grateful for the small things.
During the pandemic being thankful for having a roof over my head, a stable secure job and a healthy immediate family has been a blessing that I know lot of people don’t have the luxury of. Small tasks like being able to have my fav coffee in the morning or being able to go to work has given me a sense of gratitude that I have never felt before.
2.Don’t take anything for granted
A hug, never again will I take hugging my mum for granted (which I have not done since March 2020) this has now become a distant past. Being able to see my sisters regularly- FaceTime and Zoom are not the same as having someones physical presence around you.
3.Patience pays off
I am not going to lie but my work environment has really tested me and I have struggled with not letting my strong personality overpower my job. I cant say much but there have been clashes of personalities so to speak. However, I am happy to say that my patience has paid off with an offer of a permanent role ( I accepted).
4.Health is Wealth
One of the key things that has come out of 2020 was taking power over my health and not depending too much on doctors to give me hope. I educated myself on Urticaria on all the medications that were put forward to me by my GP and gave my own feedback on the treatment rather than just blindly accepting it. Asking questions is key to better understand what you are dealing with.
5.Its better to be alone then around Toxic people
A hard lesson to learn but a vital one, for a long time I spent trying to understand why? where did I go wrong? what could I have done differently? etc. I soon learnt that when an individual is toxic towards you its more about them then you. Essentially they are the ones that are in pain and suffering. There is no point in trying to understand something that is beyond logic. So the best thing you can do is step away with no reaction or retaliation from your part.
6. Self care is Self preservation
Taking time out to do anything that will allow you to just relax this can be anything from watching an episode of Friends, taking a bath, reading your fav book, baking banana bread etc. Being kind to yourself and taking care of yourself is so important for not only your mental health by emotional well being too.
7. You are never to old to learn
During lockdown I didn’t get much time to learn a new skill but over the course of 2020 I have wanted to learn a new language and even try and master some cooking skills e.g cooking rice.
I now look forward to 2021 and with it a new sense of hope that the worst of things are over and we will get back to a normal version of what our life was before COVID.
I wonder what do you feel you have learnt the most from 2020? Please do share with me in the comment section.