In life we win some, lose some.Is 2020 a total loss or did we gain anything? Is 2020 one of those occasional turbulences a ship faces or a titanic iceberg to sink it? Mind turns analytical as we reach the end of this unforgettable year.
As all of us have discussed in every occasion, the new virus had taken us by surprise as none or most of us didn’t expect this huge effect and for this long too. The expected end to this pandemic had played and still playing peekaboo with us (As I am writing this, a new Corona virus strain is identified and people are infected with it)
I believe in the balance of our life. Everyone has positive aspects and negative aspects in life and vary in their approach to them. The day starts with something to look forward to irrespective of whether it is good or bad. The day ends with balancing the columns, credit or debit. In between, we live adding or subtracting through our experiences. In 2020, it looked like a huge minus even as we neared the midpoint and still not seeing the light or the end of tunnel. However, we kept the hope alive and started letting out our held breaths and found ways to bring the normalcy as much as possible in our lives.
People went out with precautions and those stayed home learnt to not criticise those who went out for their living. There were precious lives lost and measures taken to contain the mortality rate. Governments focussed on reviving the industries and took steps to boost the economy with opposition parties muted support. Elections were conducted and leaders emerged victorious bringing cheer to the followers. Sports played with limited spectators or without making use of the digital platforms with the same amount of enthusiasm. Education took a new avatar online and kept its knowledge enabling objective to the extent possible as embraced by the student and teaching community.
Life goes on and as long as life goes on things will fall in place. Toughest days were managed with the support and understanding from family and friends. This year showed us the value of the people in our lives. The need for human touch and belongingness is felt deeply more than the need for materials we accumulated over years. Though we traveled less, we saw the beauty of the relationships and the nooks and corners of our surroundings. The mask hid the fear from our faces and gave an uniformity to the good and bad, the beautiful and ugly. The importance of health and healthy food is understood by many. (Check out https://veganuary.com/)
Personally, it was a memorable and a well lived year. Could devote a lot of time to my zentangle art and enjoyed every bit of it. Inktober 2020 helped to hone the skill and I emerged confident. Reading though took a bit back seat, relaxed reading before bed was a luxury possible because of the unhurried mornings. Netflix and Prime became a part of routine and the family time spent watching content together was nothing to compare with or can’t be traded for anything else. Exercising and relishing the home cooked food became a norm and the effect is seen clearly. I have to mention here that the food waste was drastically reduced or nil as every morsel is given its due attention.
I can keep going on as I have decided to focus on the positives after my initial panic and became grateful for every day. With the hope for vaccination and riding over this pandemic is nearing, appreciating all the good things in life and being helpful to others as much as possible became my only mottos in life. Because worrying or complaining won’t help in anyway or anyone. Rather than thinking in win or lose terms, finding balance is what I look for and expect you all to seek it out too! Keep me posted on your experience of 2020 😉
Wishing you all a wonderful, hopeful and joyful New Year 2021 ❤
“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson