What a time 2020 has been. It has been a year of major change, challenges and growth. As the year comes to an end, I would like to take a moment to reflect and appreciate arriving to this point.
Yes, this year has been difficult. It has taken us on a rollercoaster ride of changes, both good and bad. I never expected that the start of a new decade would bring with it a global pandemic, natural disasters, riots and loss of life, job and income.
Despite all those things there are many things to be thankful for and appreciative of. It is in moments of tragedy that we realise how much we have to be grateful for in our lives. I am taking the time right now to find the gratitude and share five things that I learnt this year.
The Importance of Self Care
One thing I have learnt is that taking care of yourself is very important. We need to practice mental, physical and mental self-care. Making time for ourselves is not just a luxury to be experienced once in a while when we have depleted our resources. It is a priority and should be a weekly, if not a daily part of our lives.
Additionally, self care is not just about going on a spa day or taking a vacation. It involves the little things as well: reading a page of your favouite book, taking a few deep breaths outside when your feeling overwhelmed, making time to be alone and not focus on anyone else, talking with loved ones or making that delicious cup of tea or coffee on mornings. Whatever activity that makes you feel a lil more rejuvenated, refreshed, happy or content should be part of your self care routine.
Time is precious
Even though we can expect to live over 70 years of age, this year has shown us how unpredictable and uncertain life can be. Time is a finite resource that we must cherish and use wisely.
My takeaway from this year is that I need to focus on the things and people that are most important to me. I should not waste time and energy pursuing tasks that I care little to nothing about. Nor should I expend energy and loose time on persons that bring me down or do not value me.
Saying ‘yes’ to one thing means saying ‘no’ to another.Sean Covey Quote
Connection is crucial
I think that we can all say that connecting to other human beings is an important part of our lives. The lockdown and social distancing mandate that we have all experience, in some way, attests to that. It is only when something is taken away that we realise how much we need it. Not being able to see my friends or extended family members because of the restrictions has shown me that spending time with people that I cherish matters most.
The Freedom of Choice
When our freedom to go out and interact with others or visit places was comprised, even if we’re hermits by nature, it awaken a rebellious spirit in us. It probably made you feel confined and anxious. You were probably ready to fly out of the house just to see the scenery or meet people.
Even though we understood that these protocols was put in place to protect our lives our freedom still felt threatened. This resulted in some persons protesting and not adhering to the rules in order to demonstrate their freedom.
The ability to choose our own paths is important to all of us. No one wants to feel like their life is not their own. Therefore, we must remind ourselves daily that we do have a choice. Even in matters where we don’t feel like we do. After all, whether we decide to adhere to the new rules or not, is our choice.
This is one thing that I am still working on but that I was forced to do this year. In March I was sent home due to the lockdown as COVID cases increased. As a result, I was home with little to do. I had to embrace the quiet, simple life. I had time to enjoy my morning routine without rushing, to spend time outdoors in my yard and to focus on some projects. During this period I really started focusing on my blog and getting in touch with my artistic side.
I honestly cherished these moments and I am glad I took the time to reflect on the things this year thought me.
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Love generously, Inspire daily, Learn constantly.