Let this be the year
2020 has been a challenging year for us all. We have all been tried and tested in so many ways and while it is easy for us to focus on the struggles and difficulties we have endured, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the positives of the year. I wrote this piece to serve as a reminder of how far we have come. Let this be our year.
Let this be the year where we were able to take some time for ourselves. Where we reflected on where we are, how far we’ve come and where we’re going next. This was the year where we learnt a new hobby, skill or trade. The year where we tried something new or revisited that craft we had thought long forgotten. This was the year where we thought we were limited but were in fact more capable than we ever knew.
Let this be the year where we took the pressure off. This was the year where we worked smart and not just hard. The year we appreciated that there are good days and bad days and that one bad day doesn’t define us. The year we stopped being so hard on ourselves all the time. This was the year where we said to ourselves: “you are where you are supposed to be, and you are doing just fine”.
Let this be the year that we told ourselves that it is ok not to be ok. Where we realised that simply being was a sign of progress. We understood that we were going through a pandemic and sometimes surviving in itself is an achievement. The year where we took a pause for a moment to acknowledge that we don’t always have to be pushing ourselves to achieve. This was the year we stopped comparing ourselves to others. The year where we redefined our definitions of success.
Let this be the year where we realised that not all scars are on the outside. Where we began to understand that each person faces their own external and internal battles. The year we began to appreciate the impact of poverty, loneliness and mental health. This was the year where we thought of others before ourselves. The year where we felt jealous, anxious, lazy and unproductive. This was the year we decided that it was ok to feel all of this and although we felt lonely, we were never alone.
Let this be the year where we got to know ourselves better. The year that we took a moment to appreciate the rising and falling of our chests, the beating of our hearts and the weight of our eyelids as they opened and closed. Where we took the time to appreciate the value of our health.
Let this be the year where we began to appreciate nature. Where walking through a woodland went from being the only option available, to the most desirable one. Where we basked in the warmth of the summer sun and embraced the harsh winter winds, and we felt both fully and completely.
Let this be the year where we talked about unconscious bias and prejudice. Where communities asked themselves difficult questions and faced unfortunate truths. The year where we stood up and fought against injustice when we saw it. Where we realised that our words have more meaning and power in them than we ever could have imagined. The year where we became a better-informed society but one that acknowledged that it is very much still a work in progress.
Let this be the year where we understood the importance of the relationships in our lives. Where we reconnected with old friends, strengthened bonds and became fearless in saying “I love you” to those we wanted to hear it. This was the year that we lost so many and that hurt will be felt for years to come. It was also the year where we learnt to better appreciate those that are still here and the moments we share with them. The year where we couldn’t see our friends and family as much but were creative and innovative in finding alternative solutions.
Let this be the year where we appreciated our front-line workers more than ever before. Not that a round of applause was ever sufficient, but no one will ever forget the value of those who continued to fight through such difficult and trying circumstances and the sacrifices they made. This was the year we realised that not all superheroes wear capes.
Let this year not be the year that we lost, but the year that we gained more than we ever thought possible.