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While 2020 was a year that held a lot of us back and pushed us down in the dumps, it was also a year that taught us a lot. It showed us how unprepared we were for something like the pandemic we’re facing and really brought us together in new ways.

I, for one, was beyond ready for the year 2020 to come to an end but now that we are here in the first days of 2021, I am thinking back wondering just what made 2020 so damning to us all. Yes, there are a lot of people out of work and things haven’t been ideal in any sense of the word but weren’t their good things about 2020 that we are overlooking? After some reflection I can honestly say, yes there were good things about 2020 but the bad things made the year in itself doomed from the get-go.

Moving into 2021, I am excited to see what the future holds. This past year has shown me that I can get through some of the worst things and that life isn’t always going to be as we expect it to be. Things can change in the blink of an eye and well, our comfort zones don’t mean shit in situations like that.

The year 2020 was a year that forced me to be brave and showed me that you can help others in small ways. It taught me that trying to get by and doing your best is good enough. When the year 2020 began I was full of hope and had assumed the year would be fantastic and well, I was very wrong. However, that doesn’t mean I hated every second of 2020. I am thankful for the lessons I learned while present in 2020, that much I can admit.

If nothing else the year 2020 has shown me that I am strong. It has taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to and that I should be there more for the people who care about me the most. It wasn’t ideal, but it really did change my outlook on life in general.

I am sorry people hated you so badly 2020, but I cannot say that I am sad to see you go. I too am ready for whatever the future holds and while I did wish you would speed up for a long time there, I am glad you drug out and made those lessons sink in. I am thankful for all the bad moments I had to face because as I continue to grow as a person I know I will find more and more lessons to learn from each and every one of them.

I know, you’ve got a bad reputation, but I want to remind you that you are above all else just a year. We, humans, made things into what they were, and we are the reason that things played out as they did. I am not going to go into 2021 blaming 2020 for all of my problems. I am going to own up to the things I’ve done or perhaps should have done and make the year we’re facing now one that I can be proud of.

As I move through January I am going to get things together and find myself more and more each day. I am going to figure out who I want to be and where I want to go in life, that’s a promise. Sure, there will be a long road to go before I am able to be comfortable enough to say I’m as I should be but that in itself is half of the battle.

I am not going to be used anymore, and I am going to make sure that the things that happen from here on out are the things that I want to be happening. If 2020 showed me nothing else, it damn sure showed me that I shouldn’t take anyone’s shit. That is something I will always keep in my mind. Looking back on 2020 I will think of it as the year of growth and the year of frustration but honestly, that might not be a bad thing.

Progress comes in many ways and as I see it, it’s seemingly the only thing I’ve managed to make throughout 2020. I guess now that 2021 is finally here all that there is to do is keep pushing forward. What do you think could be to come in your life?