Year 2020 was indeed an extraordinary year with unusual circumstances faced by people of all ages. These extraordinary circumstances have changed our perspectives on health, family, work, resilience, and the community, and it has truly provided the gift of life lessons. As the clock struck midnight on the eve of New Year’s in 2019, wishes began pouring in – “Wishing your family a happy new year and a great year ahead”. Well, when 2020 began, it was just like another calendar year. But nevertheless did the people realize that they were about to face grave conditions in the very third month of the same calendar year.
In the year 2020 everything underwent a drastic change from the rule of our government to the way we live our everyday lives. When I think about the year 2020 the word that instantly pops up in my mind is the word “adaptability”, each and every person has adapted to some kind of change let it be big or small. In my case, it taught me to take that leap of faith and do the thing rather than waiting for life to pass me by. The year 2020 taught me that life is short. 2020 has taught me that the adversity we face has the power to shape our lives. With each challenge, we are given the opportunity to persevere, learn and grow into stronger, more compassionate and more grateful human beings. For example, the schools changed from an offline mode of teaching to an online one which greatly affected the students and the teachers in various ways. At first it was difficult but with the time everyone got used to the “new normal”. Who knew that walking to the supermarket would be a thrilling adventure itself! During the lock down I tried keeping myself composed and to not get panicky. This year mainly taught me about self-discipline and patience. To stay calm and face the problems logically. It also taught me that life spares no one. Be it a rich man or a poor one all were affected by this deadly pandemic.
Thus, in the end this not so happening year basically taught me five major life lessons that are: to risk and take the leap of faith, to find happiness in simple things, actions matter more than words, difficult times reveal the truth, follow your passions first.
Arya Vidya Mandir