Learnings from 2020 & all its disasters – Of Life & Love!

I think its safe to say, for most of us alive today, 2020 is the worst year we’ve seen. From COVID19 wreaking havoc across the world to natural disasters like floods, earthquakes and cyclones, from a war-like situation on our borders to losing some of our most loved celluloid personalities, its been blow after blow this year. But with every tragedy comes a silver lining, learning that helps us evolve and become better humans. And this year, with abundant disasters came abundant learning.

Here are some of my most valuable lessons from 2020 so far!

Learnings from 2020
Learnings from 2020

1. There is nothing more empowering than enjoying your own company…

Nothing forces you to spend time with yourself like a lockdown in 2020. And for many of us (especially me), the idea of just being with myself had become alien in my fast-paced life. But when all the rush and meetings and social outings were taken out of the equation, there was no option but to spend hours alone with myself. From being completely bored to start with, I learnt to just relax and enjoy that time. And it was amazing. Once I could be alone with my thoughts and not be twitchy or restless for something more, it gave me a sense of empowerment and calm that I had never felt before. 

2. Marry someone you can talk to… cause great conversations are EVERYTHING! 

To be locked down with your partner for months can be a disaster if you have nothing to talk about. When we think marriage, most of us are looking for a Hollywood-inspired fairytale with a Prince charming whisking us away into a happily ever after. However, what they don’t show is what happens after the story ends. Because even when the chemistry and romance fade, if you marry the person you can talk to and laugh with, you’re set for a great ride ahead. 

3. Life is short. Live your bucket list now, don’t leave it for later. 

From Rishi Kapoor & Irrfan Khan to Sushant Singh Rajput, 2020 was all about the untimely loss of our favourite stars. And it makes one realize that no amount of adulation, money or success can guarantee how long we have to live. And so we need to learn to live in the present and make the most of the life that we have. Why should a bucket list be for later? If there’s something you want to do, now is as good a time as any…

4. Treat nature well and it might just return the favour….

As humans, we’ve pushed our planet to the brink of disaster—pollution, climate change, disappearing ozone and so much more. And now it seems like Mother Earth is asking for payback. A series of natural disasters are taking place across the globe and we need to understand what it means. If 2020 has taught all of us one thing, it’s to respect nature and live a more conscious life. Because we have all gotten a taste of what will happen if we don’t mend our ways…

5. Kindness, empathy and tolerance are the weapons we need to be armed with. 

Whether it’s social isolation because of COVID19, intolerance, as highlighted by the #BlackLivesMatter movement or loss of life as witnessed in the innumerable border clashes, the world, is a harsh place. And the only way to make it better is for each one of us to be kinder and more tolerant towards each other. And with all the spare time we have in the lockdown, there’s no better time than now to reflect on how we can do this. 

What is your 2020 experience? Share with us in the comments below!

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Tanvi Saraf

Tanvi Saraf is a writer, editor and traveller who's recently moved to the south. Having worked with the country's leading publications, including Marie Claire, India Today, Harper's Bazaar Bride and L'officiel, she now heads marketing for WeddingWishlist.com & CherryTin.com. Her life's philosophy and choices are guided by her motto, "Enjoy it. Because it's happening", and with both our websites, she's all set to bring the joy back to gifting.

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