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4 Great Things 2020 Did To Me

I had fun. My family and I celebrated New Year’s eve together.

I like to think that we were complete, although we never did. I still have 2 sisters in Manila, miles away from my hometown. I haven’t met Sister (1) personally for like 10 years now. Whereas Sister (2)… oh my, I haven’t met her since birth!

We welcomed 2020 with a blast and took some family pictures to keep. I was the happiest during that moment. Aside from the fact that we only reunite once a year, our family has been in a lot of adversities. If only I could just stop that time, I already did.

Months after January, things got worse. News was filled with tragedy. Our Junior HS promenade was postponed and my most awaited graduation was canceled. I felt so lonely.

On this 1st of December, I have realized that in the midst of the pandemic, 2020 has been a good year for me. It really was.

Here’s why:

1. It made me realize some profound things in life.

2020 has been a year of realization. Life is beautiful yet unpredictable. We can’t say that life is short or long unless we’ve lived enough that we can now look back at all the things we’ve done. Is it short because we want to do more? Or is it long because we’ve done enough?

I once met people who were close to death. Most of them said that life is short. Maybe that’s because they still haven’t done the things that would make them smile. I don’t know.

2020 has been an eye-opener. We don’t need to build more buildings as workplaces—work from home is possible. The advantages include less traffic and no time pressure during mornings. And we could spend a lot of time with our families. Of course, this isn’t applicable to everyone, there are still jobs that should be done in their respective workplaces. That idea is from my older brother and I wholeheartedly agree.

2. It made me stronger.

My father lost his job. We were living in miracle and mercy. My grandfather was also sick. Plus, I wasn’t able to get my leadership award.

And did I mention I experienced heartbreak for the first time? (ewww)

Even worse, Mother Earth was angry. Calamities abound.

See? It was painful. But the thing is, 2020 made me stronger. Although I wasted a lot of tears in the first and second quarter of the year, I never blamed 2020. Instead, I am grateful. It made me stronger.

And the stronger I’ve become the more I’ve realized that why not do something to make things better? Baby steps matter.

3. I had a lot of time doing the things I love.

We were in quarantine. The world stopped. And we’re stuck in our houses. Hello boredom!

Instead of wasting my time doing nothing, I spent it doing what I love—writing, reading books, and making calligraphy. So maybe that’s the advantage. These periods of boredom have helped improve my skills. I can feel it.

2020 has been a year of exploring and doing what we love. We’ve gained more time to discover our talents and try a lot of new things. And seeing people posting their arts, TikTok videos, and glow ups on social media made me happy as well.

4. I’ve received opportunities in the year 2020.

I earned more money than last year. But who cares whether or not I earned money. That doesn’t matter. What matters was how I earned it and what I did to earn it.

I’m proud to say that I earned it by doing what I love—writing and calligraphy. Thanks to the people who put their trust in me especially to my older brother who never stop guiding and helping me.

I also became a contributor to Humans Unite and the co-founder of Fields of Emotions.

Even more exciting was I started to post my poetries on my Facebook Page named I Write Under the Moonlight and received a lot of love from people. My calligraphy page gained a lot of attention, too. And I was offered to make commissions.

All of this good stuff happened this year. Wow! These were all beyond my expectations.

Overall, where you are right now is the result of what you did in the past. If you are in your worst right now, don’t blame God, the year, or the lucky charm you have. If there’s someone to blame, it’s you. You are the author of your story.

But don’t be too hard. You still have time. Keep trying. And read a lot of books.

These things were based on my experiences and understandings. Just because it happened to me doesn’t mean it will happen to you as well.

2020 isn’t over yet. I might change my mind. Who knows?

By Kath Panugan

I write to share my thoughts and express my feelings.