Lessons I Learned from 2020

2021 is right around the corner and I have been thinking about this unusual and difficult year we have all experienced. Looking back on my year, many of my plans and dreams were cancelled, I had a lot of uncertainty and fear – just like everyone else… but then what?

I know that for many of us, we can’t wait to sweep this year under the rug and move forward. But in order to move forward, we need to be able to reflect on the past. In times of adversity, there is always a lesson to learn and a strength to be gained. So, which lessons have you learned from 2020? I figured out I’m far stronger than I thought I was. I also learned that it’s okay for my goals, dreams, and desires to change. It’s not easy, especially because I really want them to come true, but I can’t predict tomorrow.

I believe 2020 showed us how to value our lives and how important it is to live in the moment. There is a quote from one of my favourite movies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and it says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it”. So true. Difficulties will always exist, some more than others. Life is not perfect and we just have one.

I choose to live my best life, even when life is not the way I have planned it at the moment. This year I can’t visit my family in Brazil as I usually do on the holidays. I can’t get together with my loved ones. I can’t hug or kiss (if you know anything about Latin people you probably know this is a hard thing for us). I can’t travel, which is one of my passions. So, what? Should I press the pause button and wait for the storm to pass? I wish, but it’s not an option. I choose to be a victor instead of a victim. Life is beautiful. We just need to look around and enjoy it.

My message for you: even in our darkest moments, there are always things to be grateful for. As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, close your eyes, think positively, believe great times are coming, and be thankful for all the lessons this hard year taught us.

“Feliz ano Novo” (Happy New Year)

– Inna