Who would have believed that on January 1st, 2020 when we shouted ” HAPPY NEW YEAR !” that we would live through everything we’ve lived through this year? Who would have thought that our working lives would be put on pause for so many months? That wearing masks would be our new normal? That leaving home would be almost a luxury? That gathering together would be a privilege? No one! And still…
If someone had told me that my year 2020 would look like what it did, I wouldn’t have believed it. I had already said it in a previous article: at the beginning of the year 2020, I belonged to the category of people who did not take the appearance and the spread of covid-19 seriously, until the first lockdown arrived on our doorstep in March. That’s when my year turned out to be the “Year of the Unexpected”, an Unexpectedness that turned out to be positive .
I didn’t expect to have a great year;
I didn’t expect to be given as many lessons;
I didn’t expect to be able to live spontaneously;
I didn’t expect to have as many opportunities;
I didn’t expect to have as many connections;
I didn’t expect to flourish;
I didn’t expect to keep projecting myself when nothing was certain anymore;
I didn’t expect to be that positive;
I didn’t expect to create as many beautiful memories;
I just didn’t expect 2020.
It certainly wasn’t the year I had imagined, the year I had expected or wanted, but it was the year I got and lived by bringing the best out of it. “Let’s get the best out of it” is the mindset I had adopted a week after the first lockdown, and I remember writing about it in a previous article… And as I was writing it, I had no idea that we would still be in the same situation today… And yet, today I am more than grateful to see that having gone through the last 9 months in this state of mind has allowed me to live this year to the fullest!
So for you who are reading, maybe your year 2020 has not been as bright as it should have been, maybe you even call it the worst year… I don’t know what you’ve been through, and I don’t want to pretend that I do, but as I try to find the words to encourage you, I remember that a year ago, I myself described 2019 as the “worst year”, until I changed my way of considering circumstances So I invite you to read my article entitled “2019, worse or better year?”
One year after writing this article, I can testify that I would not be who I am today without having gone through what I went through in 2019. And I could not have lived 2020 as I had done it without having gone through 2019, a year for which I am very thankful today. Hang in there, the best is yet to come!
I have no idea what 2021 has in store for us, but I would like so much to invite us to approach it by trying to bring the best out of it, by taking advantage of every moment, by focusing on the positive and by being able to see and seize the several opportunities that will present themselves before us!
I already wish us a great year 2021!
Lots of love,