Adieu 2020 – A year that will always be remembered by many for years to come!
Yes, this year began with terrible news of the Corona Virus spreading across various countries in the East. Then, it continued to hit every country on Planet Earth. It also went on to take away many lives of those who weren’t able to withstand the contagion. And, to worsen the already depressing atmosphere, there were many untimely deaths of loved ones, acquaintances and popular celebrities around the world.
There are plenty of blogs that list out all the bad, sad and depressing occurrences of this past year. For a long time, even I had thought of writing such an article because it seemed like 2020 was only being creative with its freshly brewed hurtful news each month. And, according to many websites, articles with bad news get the majority of clicks.
But, after thinking hard, I realized that I did not want to remind you guys of the bad things that have happened around us. I wanted to simply help some of you feel blessed for the good things that happened in 2020 instead. Through all our hard times, I felt that some of us should feel blessed despite how the year has gone by.
Personally, I think that we should be thankful to God for:
Despite the pandemic, many of us have a roof over our heads. While some of us are depending on friends and family for financial aids, many of us have shifted base due to a change in job profile. But, we still have a home to live in. Let’s thank God for the roof over our heads.
People like me have avoided calling the regular help which we once thought we could never live without. But, now that many family members have become supportive and understanding, we should definitely thank God for their presence in our lives.
While a number of people were struggling to survive with no food on their plates, many of us were able to try out different cuisines. While some of our friends were forced to eat kichidi every single day, another bunch of friends were sending out drool worthy pictures of scrumptious spreads they were indulging in. We should thank God for blessing our tummies with yummy food.
I was always sceptical about having a second child. But, during the pandemic I realized how important my son’s being there was for all of us. My daughter was happy playing, fighting and giggling with him all day. My husband and I were able to get some time together while they happily played or watched a movie by themselves. Let’s thank God for giving us what we needed before we thought we did. Also, while many kids had to go through counselling in order to get through the lockdown smoothly, many kids are still happy and sane at home although they were cooped up within the four walls of their houses, for more than 5 months. Let’s thank God for helping us help them enjoy what’s around them.
Many of us are living through our teeth but some of us have no financial worries. While plenty of people are hoping they have a regular income from the following month, many of us have enough finances to last us our lifetime. Let’s learn to appreciate our financial stability and thank God for it.
When I visited India on holidays, I would always visit a place known for its beautiful sunsets. During the pandemic, some of us have plenty of photos of the differently coloured sunsets we were able to witness from the comfort of our homes. Let’s thank God for keeping us alive to experience these overwhelming sunsets every evening.
While many of us were in and out of the hospitals for various reasons, some of us did not have to visit the doctor even once during the lockdown. If you belong to the latter, let’s thank God for keeping us in good health during these crucial months. Also, all of us who didn’t test positive this year; let’s thank God for keeping us safe till date. Let’s also pray that, if we do test positive, we get well as soon as possible.
Many of my friends were stressed out during the sudden declaration of the pandemic. But, with God’s grace, all went well and they ultimately delivered healthy babies. Read about one such story here.
While it was difficult for some of us to breathe in our own homes, many of us were comfortable in our well ventilated houses. Due to the absence of vehicles, airplanes, factory work, etc. we enjoyed a lot of fresh air while we sat in our balconies sipping hot coffee. Let’s thank God for the lesser polluted air in our lungs during this past year.
I just began giving individual belly dance classes last year and stopped when the lockdown happened. After watching so many webinars, I finally got the confidence to teach the dance online. It is not the same as teaching in person but it’s going well. Also, we pulled out our son from school and are home-schooling him. Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself home-schooling anyone. Let’s thank God for showing us that we are more capable than we think we are!
My mom would visit us every 4 months. Since September 2019, my mom is stuck in Kuwait due to a false case made against her by the company she worked in for 40 years. They have made several such false cases against older employees because they do not want to pay their huge indemnity amounts. Despite that, in the beginning of the lockdown, we decided to pray together. Let’s thank God for making us realize the advantages of technology and allowing us to pray online with loved ones in other continents.
With everyone at home and no help, some of us have reached dangerous levels of frustration. But, if we have managed to keep our sanity intact all throughout the lockdown, irrespective of the amount of times we have cried in the shower, we have to get down on our knees and thank God for helping us endure this episode in our lives. We also have to thank God for giving us, women, the strength and patience to handle our hubbies who are at home 24/7, every single day ever since the declaration of the lockdown.
In other words, 2020 wasn’t the year to get everything we wanted or to merely achieve our goals. This was the year we were tested for all the decisions we have made in our lives. This was the year to sustain despite the absence of our maids, cooks and nannies in our lives. This was the year to appreciate everything we have in our lives.
Personally, I think that we shouldn’t count our blessings only on Thanksgiving Day but every day of every year. 2020 is indeed a year to remember and a blessing for many of us. So spend time with your kids before they stop wanting you around. Play board games as a family and make it a fun tradition. Appreciate the food you eat and do not waste a grain on your plate. And, remember that God still exists.
What do you feel thankful for in 2020?