If you could choose one word to describe this year, what would it be?
It is hard to choose just one, I know.
Exhausting. This year has been exhausting.
Sad. This year has been filled with so much sadness.
Unexpected. No one, including myself, expected 2020 to be the year it turned out to be.
Anger. So much anger, for the freedoms we lost, the security we no longer have, and all we lost.
Struggle. This year has been full of struggle of all kinds. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.
But you know what this year has also been?
Growth. This year taught us to grow in ways we never even thought we needed.
Strength. This year taught us to be strong through some of the hardest obstacles.
Family. This year we had to break away from our “normal lives”, and stay home. In doing so, we spent more time with our immediate family making memories we would’ve never gotten otherwise.
Community. This year I watched neighbors, friends, and even strangers join together to help others in time of need.
Hobbies. With stay at home orders all over the world, many of us took up old and new hobbies. We got outside more and had more time to focus on ourselves.
Kindness. This year showed us that the world needs more kindness. I have seen so many people who were once not friends, join arms to bring more kindness to the world.
Love. Most of all, this year taught us that you must hold your loved ones close. Cherish the moments. Nothing is guaranteed and we must love deeper.
I know so many of you have struggled with being jobless, at home, and isolated. This year definitely was not what any of us expected, but in a way it is what we needed. We needed to slow down and appreciate more. We needed to remember what truly matters in life. It isn’t anything materialistic, but ourselves and those who we love.
I am hoping 2021 is a better year. Not just for the pandemic, but for the battles, struggles, and growth we overcame and grew from in 2020.
Happy New Year!