The year 2020 was the worst year of my life until I thought about what it has given me. It gave me my goal in life, it punished me for all my wrongdoings, and it taught me about my likes and dislikes. I made a lot of mistakes in 2020 — I wasted a lot of time, blamed online teaching for not studying (which was just an excuse), and spent the majority of the time on my phone.
However, as days were passing by and 2021 was just a month away, I realised that my learnings were much greater than my mistakes. I understood the value of family. I understood myself better as a person. I reduced overthinking. I set my priorities. It made me accept challenges better.
The year gave all of us time to narrow down our priorities. It taught us about our friendships and relationships. We also learnt how important it is to embrace even the little things in life such as going out, thanking the medical staff and appreciating the government for its innumerable efforts.
It was a year that will be a part of our history books. It introduced an entire new world of online teaching, gave us the exposure of technology and facilitated communication over the internet, something that we thought wouldn’t be possible until much later. I inculcated certain habits in me such as reading the news on my laptop since I was spending a lot of time on it, surfing the web in a productive manner, and listening to a few TED Talks. Overall, it was a year that was much needed and was nothing less than a full-fledged roller coaster ride.