2020 Is Not Cancelled

I know 2020 has thrown us a few curve-balls and the first half of  the year might not have gone to plan, but to cancel the whole year and disregard the four months of 2020 we have left seems a bit unfair. 2020 will go down in history for sure, but just because it didn’t go to plan doesn’t mean absolutely no good has come out of it. I know that of course a lot of people have had worse experiences than I have and I’ve been pretty lucky as far as luck in a global pandemic goes and I want to acknowledge that, but at the same time I wanted to point out that all is not lost, and I encourage you to find the sliver linings over the last few months too.

I was watching Zanna van Dijk’s video about her lockdown experiences and she touched on this kind of thing too so I was inspired to write this post. You can watch her video by clicking here.

I know life hasn’t gone completely back to normal yet and I think it will be a while before life is as it was pre-lockdown, but a lot of restrictions are being lifted and we’re not all stuck in our homes all day anymore. And there are four whole months left of 2020, that’s a quarter of the year. Four months is a long time, and a lot can be done in that time.

To read more about my 2020, click here to read my review on the first half of the year.

I like to think I come across as quite a positive person in general, but I really dislike the ‘2020 Is Cancelled’ mentality. I think that we can take a lot from this year and even though no, it’s not been the best year in a lot of ways, you can’t argue with that – I personally have learnt a lot from the last 5 months and I’m sure if you think about it you have too.

I would like to invite you to take the time to think about some silver linings that have come out of the last few months, even if you have to dig pretty deep for them. Once you’ve done that, think about some things you’d like to take forward with you into the last quarter of the year and into 2021 too. Here are some of mine:

SLOW DOWN

If lockdown and Covid has forced me to do one thing, it’s to slow down. Life before lockdown was 100mph, I have 3 part time jobs (all 0 hour so I pick and choose between them depending on where I am), full time dance training and trying to have a social life, and build a social media presence all at the same time. I genuinely enjoy that pace of life, I thrive on being busy, but being forced to slow down and take time ‘off’ has made me reevaluate priorities and what I want in life (I’m sure everyone’s had a bit of a questioning life  and purpose moment during lockdown). I’ve spent more time than ever on self care and focusing on myself a bit more which I will be taking forward from all of this.

Photo by Carl Newton on Unsplash

GRATITUDE

This is another one I’m sure everyone can relate too, but taking time to acknowledge everything I have to be grateful for on a daily basis is definitely a habit I won’t be breaking any time soon. It’s made me realise how much I appreciate human contact, seeing and spending time with friends and family, exploring new places etc. I love how connected everyone has been when we’ve all been stuck in our own homes and hope that regular contact isn’t forgotten about when we all go back to our busy lives.

SMALL BUSINESSES

There has been a great sense of community too with the NHS clap and general awareness about supporting small businesses. From local food sources, hand making face masks, local coffee shops and restaurants, I hope this continues. I’ve even had more time to focus on my own fitness business which I feel like I’ve made the most progress on than ever before – I’ve got some excited things lined up that I can’t wait to share and feel like without this time to focus on it I wouldn’t be where I am now.

See: Small Business You Can Support Today

GOAL SETTING AND REFLECTION

There’s been a hell of a lot of time to sit down and reflect on life in general, where you are now, what you want to achieve in the future… I’m sure a lot of people have had career changes due to the pandemic! I think it’s just important to remember at this point that life is too short to spend it dragging yourself through life doing things that you hate down to your core. Obviously it’s not easy for everyone to just pack in the day job and try monetising a passion project – but if not now, then when? Now is the perfect time to reflect and implement those lifestyle changes you’ve been putting off, or never thought were possible.

Photo by Alexa Williams on Unsplash

That’s it for now, but I’d love to hear what your attitude is towards ‘2020 Is Cancelled’. I can completely understand why people have this mentality and appreciate I’ve had an overall pretty positive experience over the last few months and that’s not the case for everyone, but I do believe that everyone can find at least one silver lining or lesson learnt that is worth taking forward into the future, and I’d love to hear what yours is!

See also: My Lockdown Highlights

Stay safe,

L x

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26 Comments

  1. You’re right Lauren, we need to look for the positives. Yes, I am disappointed that all my travels and events I’d planned to attend were cancelled. Yes, I missed seeing my mum for 4 months. But, I agree that there are lessons to be learned and positives to come out of this year. I’ve done a lot of work on my blog and had time to read more which I don’t often do. Everything in life is a learning experience. We just have to embrace it. Cheers.

    1. Of course there are lots of things that we’ve missed out on or not gone to plan but there is always a positive to look at 🙂

  2. I love this! We’ve been lucky as well to have stayed safe during Covid and have been able to find a lot of positives. It has forced us to pause and take stock of what is actually important.

  3. I agree with you, 2020 isn’t really cancelled. We still have a good few months left and can use them wisely. Also like you said we can learn from what this year has taught us x

  4. I love your optimism in this post Lauren, you’re right, we shouldn’t just completely write off 2020 with four months of the year still left, we still got time to make some good memories in months we have left of 2020. I love when you said that we can learn a lot from what this year has taught us, that’s so true. I’ve definitely learnt quite a lot about myself as a person this year than any year previous! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  5. What a nice post to put across Lauren – for so many people (especially introverts!) lockdown has been a great time to reflect, redirect their focus onto other things and there’s actually been positive things to come out of it. You’ve been smashing so much of what you do and you should be so proud of the progress you’ve made so clearly you’re in a great place despite lockdown! Definitely not over yet either 🙂

  6. I love this post and it is so needed at a time like this! Despite all the curve balls thrown at us there is are still small blessings and small victories happening around us.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes exactly! Thanks for reading x

  7. I have to agree, we defintely need to look at all the positives that have come out of this situation. I think it really puts life into perspective. I have joked about 2020 being cancelled, but that is only because I turned 30 in June and wanted to put it off for another year haha. I read on someone’s twitter earlier, that at the turn of the new year, the virus isn’t going to magically disappear because its 2021 and they’re right. Yes its nice to think of fresh starts, but this is unfortunately the new normal now, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing!
    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

    1. That’s a good way of thinking of it! Unfortunately yes it’s going to take a long time to go back to what we were used to so we just need to adapt the best we can at this point! Thank you for reading x

  8. This really opened my eyes to the fact that there are still 4 months of the year to make the most of and it’s important that we don’t disregard them. A great post for introducing a bit of perspective, thanks for sharing!

    Paris | http://www.thegirlinflat26.wordpress.com

    1. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts! 4 months is a long time right so no need to disregard them before they’ve happened 🙂

  9. I agree. THere is so much to learn from 2020. The first part of quarentine I was busier than ever as a teacher. Once things started to slow down, I feel that I have actually had a chance to rethink my priorities and I am happier than I have been in a long time. We find things to laugh about and appreciate every day. I loved your part about gratitude!
    Thank you for this post. I enjoyed it.

    1. I love that, I’m sure a lot of people have been in the same position to reevaluate their priorities and everything. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

  10. It definitely hasn’t all gone to plan but you’re right, we shouldn’t just disregard it all – we’re definitely part of history, that’s for sure 😅

    1. Exactly. One not to forget in a hurry haha

  11. Great post! It’s definitely a learning lesson I’m sure everyone will take with them moving forward. Just have to take it one day at a time and look forward to what the future holds!

  12. love this! there is always something to be learned from any experience, especially seemingly negative ones✨

  13. Everyone has been so quick to “cancel” 2020 but we should be grateful for the little things and the things we can do whilst in lockdown and working from home etc 🙂

    Shannon x
    http://www.shanylou.co.uk

    1. Definitely – there’s always something to be grateful for no matter how crappy it feels at the time!

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