At the beginning of every new year, we are high on our spirits and have a bucket list which we would like to fulfil as we go through the year. We all have had our share of ups and downs and new year becomes a reason to begin things on a new slate.
2020 was no different for me, I did not have huge expectations however I did have a list of things which I wanted to accomplish through the year. Nonetheless, the year did not go as anticipated by anyone. Hardly into the first quarter of the year, life came to a standstill, we all faced a situation which is our first and the experience would last a lifetime.
As I reminisce the months gone by while writing this post, so many things come to my mind and I felt the best way to express few of my highs and lows of the year would be in an award-giving format.
Let’s start the ceremony of my award-winning moments of 2020:
Best Moment 2020
When Anaaya finally said the word – “Ma.” I have waited long enough since her birth to hear this.
Biggest Disappointment of the year
Not being able to celebrate & spend memorable moments with family is biggest disappointment. We complete 5 years of our marriage and I was looking forward to doing something special. However; both our birthdays and anniversary was spent in the lockdown with digital celebration.
Biggest Regret of the year
My travel was restricted for the last 2 years; first due to pregnancy & then restricted due to my infant. So, I was looking forward to a nice vacation this year which continues to be on my to-do list for 2021. I still feel bad about it and hopeful that I can do it soon.
I am a very basic cook in a family which has very high standards of cooking. The lockdown period helped me to learn and make recipes which I never thought I would be able to successfully. I learnt how to make some sweets (special thanks to Mayuri whose recipes I followed), snacks and cake. Trust me I feel I have done some good which can suffice for this lifetime for me.
I intended to write more and get regular with my Blogging. I would say I did not reach 100% but I did make some traction, which was the best for me in the given circumstances.
Biggest Challenges I faced
Just when I felt that this would be the year that I would let my little one finally spend some quality time outdoors as it was the right time; she had to spent it indoors. No technology or gadget can ever replace experiences of getting your hands dirty in the mud.
Family Moment of 2020
My extended family in North India made sure that they celebrate the Birthday of each member of the family in their unique way and zoom calls were fixed for everyone. Although virtual, these zoom calls helped us keep our spirits high and have some great moments.
Best Moments with Friends
I became Masi to Reyansh and Lavanthika, pray to God both stay blessed always.
I had lost touch with my MBA friends and we were a small group so catching up with them over a zoom call was memorable. We recalled and relived some of our cherished times.
Having a memorable zoom chat with my MBA friends, we had big plans to meet this year which failed. We were quite hopeful that once things settle, we will all meet, however, we lost one of our friends due to COVID. Losing one of us was a big loss, still can’t overcome the grief in my heart. I hope God gives strength to my close friend who happens to be the spouse and the family.
The last few days have been terrifying. The fear of things turning worst! Fortunately, things are in control and hoping things would get better eventually.
Lesson to Remember
When you are in your cocoon going through your share of ups and downs you are living and surviving your life oblivious to what’s happening next doors. However, when everyone faces the same problem although the challenges would remain different to everyone, you see humanity emerging in many forms.
As we all have a few days left into the New Year, we all have high hopes pinned to this New Beginning to start things again on a new page. I hope the best for everyone in the upcoming year and pray to God that we all remain happy and healthy and pick the threads of things to achieve our respective goals. This year turned itself into an unexpected teacher and has given us invaluable lessons. I pray we all come out stronger as we turn a new leaf.
Lots of Love.
Picture Credits: Personal and Pixabay.