2020, the year that started off with a “Yeah” is now ending with a “Meh”. While the past year took a lot away from us (farewell, social life) it also gave us a lot. We learned how to adapt to a whole new COVID-19 ridden world. A world with boundaries and without crowds. A conversation on Malini’s Girl Tribe brought to light the multitude of lessons 2020 taught us and they are insightful, beautiful and very relatable.
Haldi doodh and Vitamin C capsules were essentials this past year. As were Yoga classes, Zoom workouts and daily walks. We all wanted to be healthy and boost our immunity.
2020 was the year of self-love. Loving ourselves despite changes in our mental health, weight, income, social life, work environment and your surroundings was key to surviving 2020.
Sanitizers became and always will be our best friend.
It could be the little flower outside your window, parrots sitting on the electrical wires or even the daily memes on your group-chat, 2020 was the year to admire these little things. They made us happy and feel fuzzy and we loved it!
We cannot stress this enough. Having a house, 3 meals a day and a loving family are giant blessings we should be thankful for every day. COVID-19 has been hard on us, but even harder on those who have less than us. Counting our blessings and trying to help others in any way we can is what 2020 was and 2021 will be all about.
Thanks to negligible travelling costs, a chunk of our money got saved. Additionally, some of us even moved back home, saving another chunk of rent. 2020 was the year to save, invest and grow our wealth, and 10 years down the line, we will reap the benefits.
Don’t do it. Just don’t.
The Fairy Godmother from Cinderella said, “Even miracles take a little time”. 2020 has taught us just that and we’ve learnt the art (after a long time and lots of trial-and-errors) of being patient and not getting frustrated.
Physically, the pandemic was harming us, and mentally, it was ruining us. 2020 was the year we all learnt how important it is to be mentally healthy. Whether it was at home or work, everyone started putting their mental health first. Many companies even allowed their employees to take a day off if they “just weren’t feeling it”… and that is real progress.
We all turned our homes into makeshift gyms, Yoga rooms, art studios, gourmet kitchens and more. Our homes adapted to our needs and it was amazing.
Yes, eating 23 hours a day may not have been ideal and we (and your doctors) hope that phase ended a while back.
2020 was the year of valuing our mental health and anything that helped it. Meditation played a big role in calming us down and helping us deal with all the stress, anxiety and depression COVID-19 brought along.
If you don’t have subscriptions to at least five OTT platforms, are you even normal?
I think we all nailed sleeping and attending a meeting simultaneously. It is truly a life-skill.
Many of us were unable to employ our house-help due to COVID-19 and had to do chores that were always done for us (yes, this is a first-world problem, we know). It made us appreciate them so much more because doing housework is far from easy.
It was inspirational to see so many people start new businesses, home bakeries and side-hustles, regardless of whether they had jobs or not.
Although this was tricky since we couldn’t really leave our homes, we still managed to do it. Whether it was staying up all night after a tough day at work to binge Pataal Lok, downloading dating apps and bravely swiping right (multiple times) or even taking an off-day to pamper ourselves with clay masks and scrubs, we learnt to take advantage of each and every second.
This is an art and a science, which many are still to learn. Coughing in public is the worst offence and we need to learn how to be subtle about it.
Do it. Do it after you read this. Trust us, it’s priceless.
This is 2020 summed up in one sentence. COVID-19, locust swarms, earthquakes, forest fires, cyclones and much more hit us one after the other, yet we survived and stood tall. We don’t know what 2021 holds for us, and we’re not even going to bother predicting it.