2020: A Year in Review

Is there really any great place to start except that no one thought this year would occur like it did? However, looking back with “20/20” vision has really put some things into perspective for me.

  1. Finalization.

I can honestly say that this year has wrapped up a few ends for me. I can’t say they were good things, or good processes overall, or especially that they were easy, but they are over and even with my limitations due to them, I can still make the plans and still continue with what is important in my life. Facing the reality and completing things has made me realize how much I need to buckle down in certain areas.

2. Priorities.

Wow. I can guarantee that many of our priorities have changed this year, probably more than any other year. We have been faced with lockdowns, mandates, job losses, illnesses, and all the things that come along with it. We’ve had an election that is unlike anything I can remember over the past (ahem) decades that I’ve been on this earth. I’ve seen the world completely turned upside down, literally overnight, and have watched as we’ve all had to dig deep down and see what was really important to us, individually. And as I’ve followed friends on social media and watch the stores sell out of things, I know that we are really looking around and saying to ourselves that we knew this couldn’t last forever. What really is important in the grand scheme of things? What won’t matter 5 days from now? What do I need to make it through this week? What kind of drama can I avoid and what sort of commitments do I need to make that will lead to all over productivity? What aspect of my life am I taking control of today?

3. Recalculating.

With that thought in mind, we’ve all had to examine our budgets and incomes (or lack thereof) and figure out what truly were needs and what are our wants. I had a lot more wants than needs, but that has come under strict scrutiny this year. When the rug was pulled out from under me earlier this year (thank you, Covid), I had to realign some things. I started making more things from scratch than buying things right off the shelf. I put things I wanted on hold. I started taking better care of my health by eating better, biking, boxing, playing board games, and exercising more. Vitamins became more important, especially C and Zinc, and I focused on drinking more water. We started reading more and watching less TV. And spending less time on social media and television definitely helped with the drama level that was flooding the house.

Sometimes we can get a plan in our heads and stick to it in such a determined manner that we don’t see that it needs to be refined a little bit in order to work out. Perhaps circumstances change unpredictably, or you thought it would work a certain way and found out that wasn’t quite right. It’s okay to hit the “recalculate” button sometimes.

4. Moving Forward

So there’s a new budget now. There’s a new plan. There are new rules. There’s also hope and positivity. All the planning and trying to move forward doesn’t go quite as smoothly without some sort of hope and something to look forward to every day. And it’s literally a day-by-day occurrence. This world is dark and scary and without looking to ourselves to buck up and be strong, you can get dragged down pretty quickly. It seems almost fruitless to make plans longer than a week out, but that’s what hope does – allows you to believe that something better is coming. Each day you have to make that decision to get out of bed, go out there, and give it your best. You plant that garden. You start writing that book. You dive into that friendship. You take that trip. Without putting one foot in front of the other in a determined fashion, you won’t get anywhere. And it’s better to get that foot stepped on than to let it collect dust.

5. Living Life.

With all that being said, I know there will continue to be struggles on various fronts and with a multi-pronged attack, they can be met head on and progress can be made. I’ve learned that many things don’t have to be taken as seriously as they once were and some things need a little more attention. I’m not sweating the small stuff as much. I’m tackling my problems and doing my best to resolve them as quickly as possible. I’m spending more time with people I love and care about. I’m allowing myself to try new things without being so afraid of failure. I’m appreciating the moments and the simplicity of life as they happen and I’m not taking them for granted. They are moments to be treasured. Friends and family are to be kept close and memories made.

With all that being said, here’s to praying 2021 is a better year for us all and that we can go into it with our hearts lighter and our dreams and vision clearer.

Peace and love, everyone.

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