The year 2020 has been incredibly dreadful, to say the least. It has impacted each and every one of us in some capacity. Sadly, some in more tragic ways than others. The truth is that it has been challenging, but we are still here. We are always connected by the common factor of merely being human and trying our best to survive in a genuine and global pandemic.
What have we learned from this experience? What can we take away from 2020 into 2021 and in the years to come? Indeed there have to be at least one or two things. Obviously, the excellent hygiene factor comes to mind. Will we be able to look at a sink or hand sanitizer quite the same ever again? Probably not. In the far reaches of our brain, 2020 will be tucked away, reminding us of proper handwashing techniques. Is that a bad thing? Not really. Unless, of course, it utterly controls our very being and prevents us from rejoining society.
Will we be able to rejoin society again? I sure hope so. I sure hope we can get the kids back in school, send the older kids away to college, and return to work. I sure hope that we can carry on our daily routines as much as normal as possible with as much safety as we can possibly regain. I sure hope the day soon comes when we can hug again, shake a hand, not have to wear a mask, and be able to gather in massive numbers doing whatever it is that we want to do with our precious time.
I hope that time becomes as precious as it always should have been regarded as because the reality is that none of us is guaranteed to get out of 2020 alive. Not because the virus necessarily will take us but something else. A slip on the ice, a freak electrical storm, maybe an accident in the kitchen or garage. After all, those things claim lives all the time regardless if it happens to be a pandemic year or not.
I hope we can forgive the people in our lives that we need to forgive. I hope that we can admit to those we need to if we messed up. I hope that we can learn to cherish people again because they are worthy of being loved just as they are. Flaws included at no additional charge.
I hope most importantly, we learn to forgive ourselves and build ourselves up instead of always finding ways of finding fault. We are worthy of a good life. We are worthy of love and acceptance, regardless of who we are or what we happen to look like. We are simply worthy of just being.
© Kristalin Davis and Kristalin Davis’ Musings on the Human Condition, 2017-2020