And just like that, 2020 is over! Like most other occurrences are in life, it was a long rollercoaster of emotions, with so much to take away from it. I am already having an intuition that the year will be always associated with loss and negativity. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be like that, right? There are always two sides to a coin, and the flip side here is that this year has helped us gain so much knowledge and wisdom from the lessons it has taught us. In this case, I will be advocating for 2020 for being not as bad as people are making it out to be with this blog, while acknowledging the downsides as well.

Many people have found new hobbies and worked on them, started business ventures, YouTube channels, Instagram art pages they’ve been planning to launch from years, gotten enough time to spend with their families and loved ones around them, found love and what not, and in this process, they have somehow discovered themselves. On an individual level, these people have achieved so much by just having enough time for themselves. If you belong to this category of people, I wish you all the best with whatever you have had to gain and I hope you achieve more and more new highs with your businesses, relationships and everything else in life.

Personally, I belong to this category for having launched ImageART Consultancy and for making satisfactory progress with the firm and as an individual in life, and I couldn’t be more thankful to each and every one of you for making it possible. I have learnt to be patient and perseverant, which I now believe are two of the most difficult values to inculcate.

On the flip side, many established businesses have taken a hit, many have been left alone, far away from their families, many have lost their loved ones as well, and in this process, they have had to face mental and emotional instability. On an individual level, these people have suffered because of having to spend so much time with themselves. If you belong to this category of people, I know whatever I say here cannot change whatever you have had to go through, so I will just share a small belief of mine: if life is pulling you behind with this intensity, it’s only going to shoot you back ahead with the same; have faith in this belief. I hope you’re doing better by now and I hope the future holds better things for you.

And finally the third category of people – the ones who usually get left out, the ones who have had nothing to gain or lose in this year, the ones who haven’t discovered any new hobbies, started no new businesses. There are going to be so many posts, articles, stories and what not of people witnessing growth in their lives in several different aspects, but let me remind you: Not having achieved or discovered anything is entirely valid and just making it to December 2020 is an achievement. And if no one has told you this yet, let me tell you that I am proud of you for having made it this far in a year that was unlike most others.

For the world as a collective whole, the end to this year is definitely going to be bittersweet because of the coexistence of all these categories of people. Now it’s time to acknowledge the end, but not let it hold you back. Now it’s time to look forward to beginnings, the ones you can mould the way you like.

A friend of mine once told me

सब कुछ हमारे हाथ में नहीं होता, पर काफी कुछ होता है 

which roughly translates to

We might not have a lot of power in the world, but we can still control so many things that are relevant to us.

Raising a toast to new beginnings and signing off for this year by wishing you a Happy New Year in advance.


Rubleen Kaur