When we had entered 2020 on the night of 31 December 2019, no one of us would have expected this year to give the kind of challenges, suffering and pain to us that it did. We have heard about the unpredictability of life but whatever happened in 2020 was beyond our imagination.
From Delhi Riots to a nationwide lockdown, from Irrfan Khan to Sushant Singh Rajput and full cemetery, this year tested the human behaviour, patience and tolerance.
When we will face any challenge in our life, we have two options- the option to blame and complain about life and be sad about the situations OR to learn from the challenges and try to recognize what actually life is trying to teach us.
As we are ready to welcome 2021, let’s start the new year on a positive note and understand how the tough time of our life can be our best teacher and how we can improve the way of living life by accepting the lessons taught by life during every stage. Let’s see how some incidents of 2020 may become our best teachers and best chapters of any motivational book for our entire life.
It is difficult for all of them who have lost their relatives due to this virus and I am taking this opportunity to send my prayers to all of them and their families. Due to this virus, we have not been able to breathe freely without masks, or travel, go wherever we wanted to. We were compelled to sit in the four walls of our houses. Some couldn’t even see their loved ones for one last time.
We might have earned money, built houses with a luxurious life, but even after having everything, we had to limit our boundaries and remain in restrictions. We were not in a position to live life as per our choices. Then what is life indicating to us? Is there a message for all of us?
Life has been trying to tell us that we can’t control everything. Energy controls and manages our lives and if we try to act over smart, we will have to bear consequences. Life has been trying to teach us to respect that and be happy with whatever we have because nothing is our property. They are just material things supporting you in this temporary world.
Unfortunately, Bollywood actor and television star, Sushant Singh Rajput, was found dead at his residence in Mumbai on June 14. The news of SSR was shocking and surprising for all of us. Though the reasons for his death are still not confirmed however there are several reports of him taking medicine for depression and some members of his family were also recommending medicine for mental illness.
The sudden death of SSR taught us that money can help you live a luxurious life but you have to find reasons to live and enjoy a peaceful life. You cannot buy happiness. He had a successful life, fame, talent, platform and money but he was going through some stuff in his life that made him take medicines for depression. There is no better medicine than living a satisfactory life with whatever we have. It helps us fight mental illnesses as well.
“I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will.”
A man of few words and an actor of silent expressions, with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on-screen, Irrfan breathed his last in April 2020 due to colon infection. We all are aware of the fact that no one and nothing is permanent in this unpredictable life but still we are somehow not ready or willing to accept this truth. Irrfan Khan’s battle with cancer and his death taught us that you have to fight till the end but you cannot change your destination. No one is here to remain forever. Everyone has a role to play in this movie of life and one day, this role will end and we will have to go leaving behind everything.
George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck, for nearly seven minutes, despite Floyd repeatedly saying “ I can’t breathe”. Floyd was arrested after he was allegedly accused of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.
That incident and the protest after offers an opportunity for all of us to learn and recognize that every individual is different in this world but we cannot discriminate based on the differentiation of religions, caste, creed, race, colour, certain ethnic groups, region, or sexual orientation, and it does not mean that we would have to hate each other. We don’t have to forget the fact that we all are humans and we all are connected with each other with the thread of humanity. All human beings belong to a single species and we all are equal and we all have equal rights to live with dignity.
The 2020 Delhi riots included multiple waves of bloodshed, property destruction, and rioting killing many people, in North East Delhi in February 2020. Some anti-social elements led to riots and even after having serious situations, the way people from both religions i.e. Hindu and Muslims, took care of each other and tried to protect and handle the situation was appreciable. That incident suggested that still, we are humans.
We need to spread the message of love instead of hate. As we are entering into a New Year, let’s learn the message given by 2020 and let’s promote peace instead of violence. Let’s be human instead of radical. We all are humans and we all are equal, and that is why we should and we have to think before hurting someone. Let’s take our responsibility as humans.
Let’s not blame 2020 and let’s not make any complaint regarding 2020. 2020 is the best motivational book which is having challenging, unpredictable and unforgettable chapters. Thank you 2020 for making us strong and giving that strength to handle tough challenges to make a better life. What we need to do is to read every chapter to make better 2021 and have a better life. Let’s be grateful for whatever we have. Happy New Year.