Thank you 2020!

Come December we look at the year that was. We count our successes and failures, we look back at the memories that made us smile, laugh or cry. We mourn the people we lost and welcome new additions to our lives. The year 2020 was a difficult year for most of us. The start of 2020 was wonderful, my sister and her family were visiting us. There was joy, excitement and affection at the beginning of the year. While January and February flew by, March brought dark clouds of anxiety and helplessness. In the months of lockdown, we grappled with fear, panic, loss and angst. Children were stuck at home doing digital classes, leading to a loss of physical and emotional development. We couldn’t travel to India to meet family this year, leading to deep pain and longing on both sides. The lockdown in our part of the world opened by August, and though precautions have to be taken care off, life more or less is now back to the new normal. And yet, the world is not the same as it was on 31st December, 2019.

On a personal note, this was the year when I started taking my writing more seriously. I dabbled in short stories, something which I had always been afraid to try. I took challenges to push myself and opened my work to be judged by others. I published more than 40 blogs on my blog plus about 25 more on my Momspresso page. I made new virtual friends, interacted with more authors, learnt more about the writing process. I decided to be kinder to myself and less judgemental about others. I tapped my hitherto unknown talents in the kitchen, cooking dishes which I would have passed on usually. Virtual zoom meetings meant birthdays were spent with people who were far away, but very close to heart. There was a realisation that it is the contentment of heart which matters the most. The most important thing, though, was that my family were safe and healthy during the dark days and I hope it continues to be the same. Thus, I am grateful for the year 2020, to show us the truth about our lives and ourselves.

I decided to be inspired by Blogchatter’s gratitude list to write mine as well. I realised sometimes it is better to look at the silver lining rather than the dark clouds. We are so used to seeing what is wrong in our world that we forget there is something good happening too, things which bring us joy and contentment. While it is not possible to have an optimistic frame of mind always, there is much to be gained by counting our blessings. May the dawn of 1st January,2021 herald optimism and healing for all of us. Here’s hoping and wishing a Happy 2021 to all my readers.

One thought on “Thank you 2020!

  1. Unique expression of heartiest thanks.
    God Bless You.
    Wish that new year 2021 will motivate you to achieve new height in your pursuits.
    Dr S.K.NANDA

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