“Happy New Year!” A welcoming proverb spread globally among people every January 1st. This year, however, the phrase seems more desperate. 2020 was monotonous up until the very end. Many people anticipated ultimate change and new opportunities, yet these anticipations fell short when the unprecedented coronavirus began to spread like wildfire and quarantine became a daunting reality. With the new year beginning in quarantine, the idea of change has become tedious. Every day has been the same and virtually nothing has changed. What can we possibly expect from this new year? Ironically, change. The “normal” we have all been waiting for may finally come back after coronavirus does not present itself as a global threat. Be prepared for the optimistic changes that 2021 will bring.
As we enter a new year, there are a few things that we can do. One thing I suggest is to self-reflect on the year 2020. Although riddled with struggles, 2020 was the biggest challenge most of us have ever received. It challenged our grit, creativeness, resourcefulness, and teamwork. In 2020, many of us had to find ways to stay motivated and innovative. Take note of 2020 and write down any lessons you have learned. Any moments that required attention, stressful or happy, and goals you wish you could have accomplished. By doing this, you will be able to acknowledge how you can use the unfortunate past to benefit your future this new year.
Another thing that I recommend you to do is work towards forming good habits. Things such as exercising regularly, creating a daily schedule, eating healthy, or finding a new hobby are all good habits. We are still in quarantine, which means everyone has the opportunity to find change among themselves. By the time stocks of toilet paper will no longer be an issue, you will be prepared to head back to your school or job with everything you were able to accomplish during quarantine.
2020 may have been the best or worst year of your life, but you made it. You did not make it alone though. Hope was the unwavering feeling that got us through the tedious and stressful days of 2020. You thrived and were able to survive, and you will continue to do so every upcoming year and decade to follow. Continue to drive on this slippery road, keep on pushing. You may come to realise that it is not about the destination, but about the journey itself.