This year has taken us all on a wild and unexpected journey that no one saw coming. The experience might not be the same for all of us but still it has affected us all in some way or the other.
Now, for better or for worse the year has come to an end.
And what better way to start a new year by reflecting back on this past year and take away some life lessons that 2020 taught us all.
If there is one thing that the pandemic has taught us all in common that is we are so lucky to be alive and well.
I know the lockdown has led to so many people losing their jobs and not being able to provide for their family and so many other things that have happened.
But for the fortunate few of us, we are so privileged to even afford to work from home because not all of us have the internet facility or the money to afford it or you might not even be in an industry where work from home is not possible for you.
Whatever might be the situation for you I’m sure we all have something to be grateful for.
Even now you might be reading this post from a phone or a desktop or a laptop and have a reliable internet connection. You can be grateful for this that you are able to read this post. This is just a simple example of finding things to be grateful in our life.
Slow Down and Be Present
“Life is Short”
It is something that we all have heard at one point in our life but do we really know it’s true meaning?
Oftentimes that quote is used as a way to say that you should go for it as soon as possible because whatever it might be won’t be there always.
And yes that is true but also we should take the time to slow down and be present in the current moment.
This is overlooked by many of us. I take this for granted by looking for things to do all the time to be hustling, always forgetting to appreciate what I’m actually doing at the moment.
It is not just about finishing the work but to be present in the time it takes to get to the end result.
So, remember to slow down and look at what’s in front of you.
Be Open and Vulnerable
This is something that I always struggle with as do a lot of people that are reading this or at least I hope so. I mean I can’t be the only one right.
This year has been filled with so many emotions and feelings most of which are negative ones like anxiety, stress, loss etc.
And for people like me who already are finding ways to be less anxious all the time it can become too much to handle sometimes.
I found that talking with people be it your friends, parents, your siblings whomever you are quite close to can really help.
Of course to do that you need to be open and vulnerable about how you are feeling and sharing that with others can be scary to do but trust me you will feel a lot better afterwards.
Doing this makes you realise that there are also others who are going through the same thing and that you are not alone.
In these times it is really important to know that. So make sure that you take the time to talk to people more.
Being Too Productive
I have noticed this trend that’s going on recently.
Since we are all at home in lockdown, we can use this time to be more productive by learning new skills, start a new side hustle, or even take a chance at changing your career and what not.
I too agree that it’s a great idea by using this extra bit of time to improve ourselves in any way possible. But also in these times we are already not at our best mental health.
And definitely social media doesn’t help at all by putting all these expectations on us to be working and being productive all the time. This is just unwanted stress and makes us feel like we aren’t doing enough.
I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to relax and just take things one thing at a time.
To appreciate all that we already have.
I Know I’m repeating this a lot.
But I can’t even begin to tell you how important it is for our well being and it is often forgotten about.
So, remember to go at your own pace and do not compare what you are doing with others because everyone is different.
What works for them may not work for you and vice versa. Do your own thing.
I hope that learning about all these has been enlightening to you as it has been for me.
All these things are nothing new. We already know this but it is often forgotten about in our day-to-day life. So here’s a reminder for you.
But just knowing this is not enough but applying these in our life more as we move forward to the next year is when we can see the benefits and improve ourselves.
Tell me what life lessons you learnt this year in the comments.