At the start of 2020, we were not only celebrating the new year, but also the start of a new decade. Many of us had high hopes, big dreams and aspirations for the months ahead. The last thing anyone expected was for a global pandemic to bring the world to a halt.
Covid-19 not only threatened our health and the health of our loved ones, but also sent economies crashing to the ground, bringing about job losses, business closures and financial difficulties. The need to isolate from our friends and family began to take its toll on our mental health too.
For these reasons, 2020 has been a year that most of us would probably like to forget, but with every cloud there is a silver lining and we think 2020 has also taught us some lessons worth remembering. So, we asked our followers what they had learned from this challenging year….
This year, living with less has been a theme; less time spent with family and friends, less money, fewer experiences, less certainty. But sometimes the beauty of having less is that we begin to appreciate more.
“2020 has taught us to be adaptable and flexible. To be grateful for what is, while working towards what you want. Less is more. Quality over quantity” -Divya Haridas
2020 has certainly made us appreciate the simple things we once took for granted, such as having our loved ones around us, being healthy and being able to socialise without restrictions or fear.
“Never ever take anyone or anything for granted. Cherish all the people who can make you smile and appreciate all the little things that bring you and your loved ones happiness” – Divya Anuj
Discovering simple pleasures
“When we had all the freedom to explore the outside world we got drowned in our phones but now when we have all the freedom to use our technology, we want to explore the outside world” – Malini
During lockdown periods, any time allowed outside suddenly became our respite. Shut indoors for weeks at a time, we yearned for a change of scenery, some fresh air, a simple walk. Those who wouldn’t usually embrace outdoor activities were suddenly excited at the chance to leave the house. Covid-19 has taught many of us that nature really is our sanctuary and has allowed our children to rediscover the fun in more simple pleasures too.
Besides the physical impact of Covid-19, another unwanted side effect has been the impact on our mental health. The general strain of COVID on day-to-day life coupled with periods of isolation left many people struggling emotionally, with little support. Some have even sadly taken their own lives.
“No matter what, we should never stop loving ourselves and never doubt ourselves. Self-love is the key to feeling good about ourselves, to being more confident and giving us a better outlook in the way we think about everything” - Avneet
Avneet makes a great point in that self-love is a key tool in the way we think and cope with hardships in life. That’s why taking time to prioritise our own needs is so important at times when we are pushed to our limits. Never forget to love yourself!
“Relax….Being in control of things is a myth, enjoy life as it happens” - Harish
A lack of control has certainly sent the world spiralling into chaos this year. Governments have scrambled to try to control the rapidly spreading virus and we’ve all done our best to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Beyond doing our part in the fight against Covid-19, it’s important to remember that we cannot control everything. Sometimes letting go of the need to control every element of our lives and just focusing on the positives is much needed.
We love this piece of advice:
“Just show up to life. It will give you all the lessons, even if you have not signed up for them” – Deepa Dinesh.
How true this is! We have all learned a lesson or two from 2020 and as individuals we heal and grow following times of adversity. So, what has this year taught you? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram. We love to hear from you!
Here at Vino Supraja, we would like to thank healthcare workers and essential workers who have continued to show up, day after day, in these tough times. You are the real heroes of 2020 and we appreciate you.
We’d also like to thank everyone who engaged with us, followed us and supported us this year – we are grateful to you for supporting our business and our cause in sustainability.
We wish you all a happy and healthy 2021.