Let’s face it, 2020 didn’t pan out the way any of us expected it to. It’s been a different year to say the least.
Still, as different of a year as it has been, I can’t say that it’s been a bad year. In fact, 2020 has actually been a good year for me – as good of a year as it could have been not being able to leave my house much.
Today, I want to reflect on some questions that will help put into words how 2020 has gone for me. Here is my annual review of 2020.
If you had to teach one thing you learned this year (that would improve one’s quality of life) what would that be?
Gratitude. If there’s anything I have learned this year that could improve somebody’s quality of life, it would be the importance of practicing gratitude.
Oftentimes, we tend to overlook the little things in life; the health of those we love the most, the ability to go outside and walk around whenever we so wish, the job that most Americans say they aren’t happy with, you get the idea.
But 2020 has showed us that these things are ones that we should not take for granted. Many have fallen ill and 300,000 have lost their lives due to COVID just in the US alone. Restaurants and stores ran most of the year at limited capacity. Unemployment rates are at an all-time high and many have found themselves struggling to put food on the table.
I am grateful to be healthy. I am grateful to have a job that no only puts food in my stomach and a roof over my head, but also one that I enjoy. I am grateful that my family has been able to remain healthy.
All of these things are ones that we often overlook, but 2020 has made us all slow down a little bit and reflect on just how precious life truly is.It has taught us to grateful for what we already have instead of only focusing on what’s missing in life.
What kept you up at night with excitement this year? Was it worth it? Would you want to do more of it?
A lot. For starters, I started podcasting again and bought a brand new podcasting setup to force myself to actually take it seriously this time.
I also started a YouTube channel that I have been putting a lot of time and thought into. It’s not like I spend every waking minute working and don’t know how to stop, but when I go to sleep, that’s when my mind tends to think about ideas and has a hard time shutting off.
So far, though, starting up my podcast again and starting a YouTube channel has been worth it. I haven’t gained much of a following on either platform just yet, but it’s given me something to do and has helped to take my mind off of the pandemic.
As for doing more of it, absolutely, I definitely see myself doing more of it. I plan on doing a lot more of it in 2021 and seeing where it takes me.
How did you have fun differently in 2020?
Well, I stopped worrying about money so much and actually allowed myself to buy some of the things that I wanted, so that was a nice change. I also spent a lot of time reading, spending time with family, and I picked up a passion for hiking as seeing I spent half of the year in Utah. It’s been nice just to go out on the weekends, climb the mountains of Utah, and just see all of the many beautiful sights.
I have also started to challenge myself more by pushing outside of my comfort zone as much as possible. I have become a lot more relaxed in a lot of different areas in my life and it’s just been fun to challenge myself and reflect on how much I’ve been able to grow.
How did you suffer differently in 2020?
I haven’t really suffered a lot in 2020. Sure, it’s been a bit of a different year, but I haven’t seen it as all bad.
If I’m going to be completely honest, I think a lot of my “suffering” has come from a feeling of loneliness. I sometimes find myself wondering if and when I’ll find a significant other to share my life with, how soon until I’ll be able to raise children, and when will there be more to life than just me and my wants.
I don’t know, some people are scared about the idea of settling down and raising a family. While the thought of having a family is a scary thought, I have also found myself somewhat excited for the road ahead.
So those were some of my answers. I hope my answers helped you to think of some of the positives that came with 2020. While it hasn’t been the easiest of years, I personally don’t think it has been the worst of year either.
Take some time to think about these prompts. I think in doing so, you’ll be surprised to see just how much good 2020 actually brought. Even if it’s just 5-minutes, take some time and reflect on your 2020.
Have a great week, and I’ll see you in the New Year!