The year 2020 has been one hell of a year. For some of us, this may have gone by in a flash, and for others, it felt like a never-ending century. Let’s not even mention the unforeseen challenges that it presented us, such as COVID-19 and lockdown. However, something that we can all agree on is that from these tough times, there came valuable lessons, immense learning opportunities and personal growth. We’re probably all glad the year has finally come to an end but here are some of the lessons that 2020 has taught us.
Time is precious
2020 meant that we didn’t get to see our friends and family as much as we normally would do. Fortunately, we were still able to connect with them virtually, but this didn’t do enough justice to what it would be like seeing them in person. We’ve learnt to take advantage of the time we have with our loved ones. To get in touch with those you haven’t seen for a while, to send a quick message to ask about someone’s day or to hit your sibling when they’re doing absolutely nothing (because that’s just what siblings do). The one thing we all have learnt is to hug your loved ones that bit tighter any chance we get and to always show love to people no matter what.
Take some risks
This year has taught us to come out of our little man caves (that some of us call our bedroom) and to take some risks. Whether that’s overcoming shyness or jumping from a flying plane, one of this year’s most rewarding experiences came from taking risks. This year taught us to expect the unexpected. Especially with lockdown, a lot of us took the risk to look above and beyond the things we would do. And that meant taking a risk to build that self-confidence, self-trust and self-motivation.
Enjoy the great outdoors
One lesson we learnt from 2020 is to definitely appreciate nature more. One positive that came out of lockdown was that the skies weren’t as clogged with smog, the rivers were cleaner, and even the local wildlife came out to play. Being stuck indoors for so long, we forgot what it was like having the freedom to simply go out and enjoy parks, green spaces and gardens. Why weren’t we doing this more before?
Listen to your guts
The voice and feeling in your gut is one wise man, and it can push you to do things to will make you feel better. The challenges that were thrown at us in 2020 showed us that people’s opinions don’t always align with our own. This could have been eating a double cheeseburger and breaking your diet or navigating a relationship where you’re not happy. Always go by what you think is right, even if that means losing out in the process.
Interacting with humans is not as bad as we think it is
2020 has taught us all that we need human interaction. Not a single one of us can go without it. This year has taught us that interacting with other people, especially our loved ones can make our lives that bit better. Human interaction can take many forms such as having a conversation with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, saying good morning to your colleague or even smiling at someone on the street. This has helped us to treat stronger bond with people, unite us together as one and to simply put a smile on someone else’s face.