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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!