2020; a year of learning, losing and surviving: Bakhtawar Rakshani
There is no doubt that last year has been extremely tough for the humankind as we suffered from the global pandemic, Covid-19. People have suffered financially, mentally, and spiritually. However, one cannot deny that 2020 has taught various lessons which should be remembered while we walk through a new year. Let me pen down some of the lessons which I have learnt last year.
First, in life, people are mostly busy in making plans and setting goals for future but, while doing so, one thing they always forget is living and enjoying the present moment of life. Before the emergence of the pandemic, there were a lot of plans and goals which I had set for myself. However, nothing happened the way I had thought would happen.
Even, things were going totally on the contrast. There I have started realising that not always things happen according to our plannings because there is One who has more, better plans for us. So, try to avoid planning every time and find the real purpose behind everything, because there is always something good in every bad thing.
Secondly, we people are surrounded by many things, hence, we stuck between chaos of daily life in a way that we do not spend a single minute with ourselves. In life, people have time for healing others, encouraging others, and listening to others, but they don’t have time for healing, encouraging and listening to themselves. Unfortunately, nobody has time for having a positive conversation with their own soul when it is departed. Nobody has time to answer those countless questions which are knocking at one’s mind.
However, during prolong lockdown of six months, I have learnt to spend some times with myself in order to heal myself, encourage myself and listen to myself, so that I can find answers to those scrolling questions and have a positive conversation with myself. You know, it feels great when you are the only judge and lawyer of your own.
Third thing which during lockdown I experienced was a daily routine without social media as I was in my hometown where internet is not accessible. So, I was totally disconnected from social media and internet. I must say life was much peaceful and calm. Nothing was there to disturb or depress me. I come to accept the fact that the more one is interacting with outside world the more he can suffer from anxiety, depression, or insecurity.
I do agree that in this modern era, socialising has gained an immense importance among the people and play a pivotal role in terms of updating information about various ongoing circumstances. Nevertheless, people shouldn’t forget to acquire a healthy conversation with people who are sitting next to them rather than spending much time in the world of internet. Absence of internet made me realise that how many beautiful things are around me to be felt, admired, and appreciated. Life without checking WhatsApp or stories of Instagram might be more admiring if people try to watch things at different aspects. The way I have learnt to watch and explore them.
At last, everyone has gone too much and faced different scenarios in 2020. It was a year of learning, losing, and surviving for all. Now, while turning to a new chapter of life, people must not forget some of the valuable lessons which have been taught by last year. Past is not to be forgotten, it is to be learnt from and avoid attempting same mistakes or experiences that can lead to pain and problems. I hope that people out there will learn something from my experiences and search out what they have learnt from 2020.
Let’s revise it together. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”