When everyone clinked glasses at the stroke of midnight on January 1st, 2020, we were expecting it to be a great year. It was the beginning of a new decade, a fresh start. People had their goals in mind for the next year, and they were feeling motivated to accomplish them.
Needless to say, 2020 was different than expected.
But that doesn’t mean it was awful. It doesn’t even mean that it was bad. In fact, I’m gonna go out on a limb hear and say:
I had a great year.
That’s a bold statement (literally... it put it in bold). Everyone seems to be so caught up in how 2020 was the worst year ever. I’m not here to say that everything went perfectly. I’m not here to say that living through a pandemic didn’t suck sometimes (because it definitely did). But I am here to say that when I look back on this year, it’s been one of the best years of my life.
Living through this part of history changes you. Period. Everyone has had to make some sacrifices because of Covid19. Everyone has been disappointed and felt deprived of social interaction and everyone has been faced with unique challenges related to Covid19. But in the end, I think that all of those factors have made 2020 a year of growth and resilience. We’ve all grown to be tougher and better at facing disappointment.
In the end, we’ve learned to look at the positive side of things. We’ve figured out that we’re stronger than we thought, we can endure more hardships, and that we can look at the silver lining to every situation. 2020 forced us all to look for the positives, even when it wasn’t easy. It helped us to realize that the “normal” lives we had pre-Covid were something to be grateful for, something that we took for granted.
For me, quarantine gave me the opportunity to think. It helped me to see what I want more clearly. It gave me the space to think that I didn’t even know I needed.
2020 taught me to be grateful for what I have.
20 Lessons From 2020
My Plans For 2021
I’ve always been a fan of New Year’s resolutions. I know that many people think they’re not sustainable, but they can be - if you make them sustainable. I think that the start of the New Year is as good a time as any to make goals. If nothing else, it’ll get you excited about 2021.
Here’s a few of my resolutions:
Take time out of my day to write.
Some people like drawing, some like horseback riding, some like singing… writing is one of my main “things” that I love to do. But I often don’t take the time out of my day to write. One of my goals for 2021 is to write an average of at least two blog posts per week and to make time for other writing outside of writing for my blog. Sometimes, goals need to be to make time for something that we love rather than depriving ourselves or forcing ourselves to do something we don’t enjoy.
Improve my anxiety.
I’ve written before about my anxiety. There are a lot of things that I’ve done that have helped me to manage my anxiety better, and at this point I’m doing much better. However, there is still work to be done and I know that I can get better and better. I want to further improve my anxiety this year.
Get my driver’s license.
I’m turning sixteen in 2021, so I’ll be able to get my driver’s license (hopefully…). I’m kind of excited, kind of worried about it, but I know that long-term I’ll be glad that I put in the work. Doing driver’s ed online is kind of hard because I’m not very good at prioritizing it, but hopefully I don't procrastinate it too much.
Make the most of any situation.
2020 has put me in some weird situations, but I’m grateful because in 2021 I will be better equipped to handle them. No matter what gets thrown my way, I want to make the most of it and try my best with whatever I am given.
Final Send Off
If you take nothing else away from this post, I want you to remember that whatever comes your way in life, make the best of it. Some people seem to think that the end of 2020 means the end of the pandemic, the end of the hard things that we faced this year. But that’s not true. Between today and tomorrow, nothing is going to change unless you make it. No matter what’s going on in your life, don’t let anything get the best of you. Don’t let anything get in your way you because it’s as simple as that: it won’t bring you down unless you let it.
Leave behind all of your disappointments from 2020. Leave all of the bad stuff in the past, and make 2021 the best year of your life.