Be Grateful

The most important lesson from 2020

Last year — this time around — everyone or at least most of us were busy making plans for the new year while hoping for a prosperous and joyful 2020. However, little did we know, 2020 was going to be one of the most challenging years in recent human history.

A year that would change the way humans think and percieve — awakening their consciousness and making them reconsider their choices and priorities.

Thus, when it comes to 2020, there is a lot to talk about but the idea behind this piece is to keep it as personal as possible — micro details instead of macro perspective.

Let’s get right into it then.

Just like almost every other year, 2020 started on a high note. (Again, I am speaking for myself.) It felt great, both mentally and spiritually. Obviously, hopes were high for 2020 as I had a lot of stuff coming my way.

Nonetheless, life took a different direction as I encountered a distressing ‘setback’. (Although I don’t like the word setback, yet for the sake of simplicity and education, let’s stick with it.)

Without going into details, it felt like the end of the world. I don’t know how to actually put it into words but it was like doing all the hard work to reach the highest point and then to fall from the top in a second. Boom!

Consequently, it took me a while to get myself together because, to me, it felt like the lowest point in my life. Thankfully, it didn’t stay that way. And that’s precisely what life is all about; it never stays the same.

Life is all about constantly reinventing oneself because otherwise, complacency will hit you so hard that you won’t be able to get out of that vicious cycle.

2020 just happened to be that external variable that enabled me to discover new facets of my personality — making it possible for me to embrace the change on the outside by reconfiguring the mental processes, happening inside.

This previous year, I not only explored the writer within me but also let myself indulge in all kinds of things — ranging from writing constantly for four months to starting a startup.

I let myself grow and the ‘unusual’ 2020 just acted as a catalyst.

Nonetheless, the point is not what 2020 did to me or to the world. The point is what I’ve learned from this once-in-a-lifetime type of a year.

For me, that’s the very basic principle of life, which was already lying somewhere, waiting to be understood. 2020 just kind of pushed me to rethink this very essence of our existence; be thankful for what you have before it’s too late.

Believe me, complaining will get you nowhere, rather it will add to your anxiety and frustration. On the contrary, being a grateful individual will surely help you in making the right choices and in prioritizing what really matters to you. For me, that’s the most significant lesson, 2020 has taught me.

Be grateful for your health, for the company of your beloved ones, and for all the things you have right now, as you had once longed for them.

As 2020 is now over, I am hopeful that I, and you guys as well, will try to practice this very fundamental human behavior more often — thus, making our stay on this planet pleasant and enjoyable.

PS: My heart goes out to all those who have lost their beloved ones in 2020.

PPS: May Allah be with you during this difficult time! Ameen!

25 years old child, trying to exist amid this chaos by penning down his thoughts on philosophy, psychology, history & an eclectic mix of topics.

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