The year 2020 has marked it’s place in the history books of our coming generations. More than it taught us anything, it made us realize the importance of everything we hold dear. Who knew that all the plans we made for the year would go without execution! All our birthday and anniversary wishes going virtual. Also with the home baked cakes. Every celebration became a small family affair with closed ones amidst this pandemic.
However, all of us thought this year would be just like any other year. Who would have dreamt of this year going so South and we would have to live with it. All of our lives turned upside down, when locked up in the house, maintaining distance, masks and gloves would become a new normal. But amidst all of it, we all had that silver lining that kept us going. So here are some things, the year 2020 taught us.
The importance of Family and Friends
For many years, psychologists and researchers have defined us humans as super-social creature. We have a deep instinctive need to be around people and share life and experiences. We have to follow the social and physical distancing as per the WHO guidelines. Even though we are doing it, this is not natural, we have to abide to it. This year low-key taught us the importance of small gestures like shaking hands and hugs. Therefore, how lovely it is to interact with a human being so closely.
However, before this COVID-19 pandemic hit, and we faced lockdown, many of us came back to our home. Whereas, some were stuck outside regarding work or study and could not make your way back home! Moreover, many of us got stuck alone, which took a toll emotionally. Video calls with family and friends suddenly became the new normal. Even though you lived in the same city, you could not visit your friends. This year taught us the value of family and friends. Something we have taken for granted for all our lives.
We spent months with our family, once again we sat down as a family and played charades or other board games. We came close as a family. Even though surrounded by so much chaos, we still found the silver lining of hope. The year 2020 gave us a perspective to look at life and cherish what we have and cherish it and feel blessed.
Learning New Things and Pursuing Hobby
From trying something new to do something you once loved to do. This year we did it all. We took up the book which we had been planning for so long to finish but could not due to work. Or the novel you have started but could not finish? Well, this year we had the time to catch up with all of it. We took up to our hobbies which we had to pause due to study or work. From painting to writing to baking, we tried it all in this pandemic outbreak.
Apart from our hobbies, we even cultivated new hobbies. With this stay-at-home regime, many professionals began teaching online. From Yoga and exercises, to instruments and art classes, we have had it all online. Apart from that we took part in so many social media trends. We baked cookies, breads and what not! Making dalgona coffee and posting its picture on your Instagram became mandatory for a while.
From online office meetings to online classes, we have seen everything taking the virtual road. However, apart from meetings and classes, people have switched over to digital media for many other things too. We switched to online platform for even buying groceries. Even the local vendors switched to online marketing and started selling their goods online. Not only groceries, people have even switched towards online telehealth services. From consulting doctors to diagnosis and treatment, people have switched to the online platform of healthcare. As it has not yet safe to step out of the house and mostly visit a hospital.
Apart from marketing, everything in our life that once needed human interactions, are switching over to the virtual world. From talking to family and friends for endless hours on video calls, to celebrating birthday parties on video conferencing. This pandemic has set new rules and normalized new things which we once laughed at.
“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama
However, amidst all of this thing, the people who deserve salute this year, are essential workers. From the doctors to the janitors, who have worked hard even in these harsh times. They have worked so that we do not have to, and we can live a little easy during this lockdown. We have been provided with all the necessary items, and these essential workers have made it possible by working day in and day out. Prioritizing every other family more than their own family.
This quote by Michelle Obama really gives us hope for a better future. We hope this pandemic will end soon and slowly we might be able to get back on our life like we used to. Meanwhile, keep up with your hobbies and online classes. Keep in touch with friends and family. And together we hope and pray for these difficult times to end soon, and celebrate the new year with same faith.
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