“The past is a foreign country,” author L.P. Hartley famously wrote in his book The Go-Between. Perhaps that’s why we hold on to the postcards…
Holy Moly! We have survived 2020!
We all know 2020 was a life-changing year. And I’m sure it’s safe to say that many people are glad it’s over and are eagerly anticipating beautiful, new experiences in the coming year. But let’s just take a quick moment to address some very important things about 2020 before 2021 goes into full motion.
You see, I see life as a school, and I believe that every single experience presented to us is a learning opportunity for more growth. Every. Single. Experience – the nice ones, the ugly ones, the heartbreaking ones, the joyful ones… all of them.
If we don’t learn the lessons, then we are presented with them again and again, until we learn them. (I am imagining the panicked expression on some of your faces as you read that sentence.) So, before we can truly move forward to the next grade (2021), we have to make sure we have passed this one. That means, we need to know very clearly what we learned through the major growing pains of 2020 in order to apply those lessons to the upgrades we will make for ourselves in 2021.
So, what did you learn?
I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned, as well as some of the lessons my clients, students, and general amazing humans around me have also expressed learning from 2020. I’d also love to hear from YOU! Write to us and share some of your own lessons so we can keep inspiring each other!
We are all equal, and we all deserve love and respect.
Everyone is going through something and you most likely have no clue how challenging it is for them. Approach with kindness.
We are all doing our best.
Compassion is the key to a better humanity.
We need to take better care of ourselves – mind, body, and soul.
Junk food is junk. Your body is a temple. They don’t match.
We need to have practices in place so that we can stay calm when the world feels crazy.
At the end of the day, what matters most is loving kindness towards ourselves and everyone else.
Money is a crucial component of our current society, and we need to have a better relationship with it.
The only constant is change.
In order to thrive in times of great change, we have to be able to adapt, shift, pivot, and restructure with lightning speed.
Self worth is more valuable than net worth.
It truly is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.
Technology will either make you fly or drown you. You choose, but choose quickly. It will not wait.
Learn to cook.
Be like a jedi yogi master.
Hold your loved ones like the most precious things, because they are.
Spend time away from the blue lights and more time soaking in sunlight and Vitamin D.
Take your vitamins, eat your veggies, get some good sleep, move your body.
We need to learn better ways to express our anger than rioting.
Black lives matter.
Queer lives matter.
Women’s lives matter.
Children’s lives matter.
We all matter.
We need to spend more time listening than talking.
The deepest wisdom is in the heart.
We all need alone time.
We all need time with our loved ones.
We all need hugs.
Being able to video call those you love all over the world is one of the best things about advanced technology.
Life is short. Do the things you’ve been saying you want to do cause ya ain’t getting no younger.
All those times you complained about your job, now you can be immensely grateful you have one. AND it’s also okay to feel like you want a different career and to go for it.
All those times you complained about your spouse and screaming kids, you can now be immensely grateful that you have a family to get annoyed with. AND it’s also okay to feel like you need some quiet solo time and go camping by yourself for a week.
All those times you complained about being single, you can now be immensely grateful for the quietness in your life. AND it’s also okay to feel like you are now clear that you want a life partner.
Are they cuter with or without the face mask? 😉
Covid etiquette is now a thing.
Respecting others opinions and feelings is just as important as feeling respect by others.
You will get through the tough times.
You are stronger than you realize.
You are important.
So is everyone else.
Love is real.
Tell the people you love that you love them.
Gosh, I could go on and on. 2020 wasn’t pretty, but it sure was important. I know that I have definitely re-assessed my own personal values and that I’m going into the New Year with much more focus on community, creativity, self care, self love, global love, and compassion for all living beings. What about you? What are your lessons? What nuggets of wisdom will you be taking into this next year with you?
Let’s keep it going, folks! Send in your lessons! We’d love to share them with our readers!