Things I have Learned in 2020 #SpeakEasy Blogging Challenge

2020 has taught us

We welcomed 2020 with much anticipation and hope, wishing the best to come in a brand new year. With forecasts and predictions of a great year ahead, January commenced with the marking of new calendars and charting prosperous plans for the future.

In March, as we celebrated my husband’s birthday with family and friends, we didn’t expect it to be our last dine-out together before the coronavirus catastrophe happened. The next day’s announcement from the city administration was, “Mumbai and rest of India are locked down for 30 days to minimize the spread of the virus“. In the last 12 years in Mumbai, I have not seen this city at a standstill, covid19 was a rude reality that we still deny to accept.

As a person, I strongly believe in being adaptive but these are unprecedented times which no one can prepare you for. In the past few months, I have learned a great deal about life and most important of all is – to be a realist!

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So here are the Lessons 2020 taught us!

1. Value the Life flowing through your veins –

Year 2020 has taught us to be more empathetic to ourselves, especially our bodies. Life is beautiful, we are blessed to see it running and growing through us. It is essential to value what we have been given to enjoy and not waste it just by running behind invisible and unrealistic goals.

2. Time is precious, spend it wisely –

There is nothing more precious than time, spend it wisely and don’t run after those illusive goals or people. Have realistic goals and people who add value to your life.

3. Do what you feel is right!

I strongly believe in this life mantra, listen to all but do what you think or feel is right. No one but you know what’s right for you.

“Trust yourself, no matter what everyone else thinks.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

4. Ask for help –

Seeking help will not make you small or weak in any manner, ask for help – personal or professional. Do not shy away from sending an SOS when in need. Speak up and accept help from people.

5. Be Grateful in Life –

Make peace with your inner self and say thank you to life for all the things. Be grateful to the life today, your breathing self, things that didn’t work out or those which did work well.

There are many lessons the year 2020 has taught us, these are few I decided to share with you today. Looking forward to write more such posts in near future.

Also read, How Corona changed us as a Society? here.

what I learned in 2020

Welcome to SpeakEasy Blogging Challenge!

SpeakEasy Blogging Challenge is a blog writing challenge hosted by me and Ruchie Verma ( After 3 successful seasons of our blogging prompt challenge, we are back with a brand new season.

As the year 2020 finally decided to say goodbye, it is time for us to write a few words to bid farewell in our own style. The theme for December SpeakEasy Blogging Challenge – ‘Adieu 2020’.

Rules to Participate in SpeakEasy Blogging Challenge are as follows –

  1. Write a new post on the theme provided above. You are free to provide any creative edge to the content, but keep the main essence of the post as Travel/Journey.
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  3. Publishing and reading dates will be provided to the participants. Please stick to the dates assigned and complete your task on time.
  4. Reading, Commenting, and Sharing fellow participant’s posts are Mandatory rules. Follow the reading list provided by the hosts and complete your task in the given time.
  5. The mandatory line to be added at the beginning or end of your post – ‘This blog post is part of SpeakEasy Blogging Challenge by Dipika and Ruchi.
  6. Publish your post on the given date and link the URL in the linky provided on the host’s blog post.
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  2. You speak for all of us with this post, Dipika. 2020 taught us all to be immensely grateful.

  3. Absolutely true, Dipika. One lesson that I learnt in 2020 was to make my goals based on my wish and not others expectations. It’s ok to slow down and not keep rushing things. Every moment of life needs to be savoured we can’t be running all the time in anticipation of a better future because well 2020 though we always knew, we experienced first hand that life can be so unpredictable.

  4. Agree with this.2020 is a year that changes many of life as it’s personally or professionally.

  5. Agree with your learnings Dipika and I definitely have learned to be myself and not to spend time in pleasing others. This year has given me enough time to introspect and made me a more positive person. Would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and Ruchi for bringing all the bloggers together.

  6. This year we learned so much about life and changed ourselves. The most important lesson is to appreciate what we already have.

  7. Yes, 2020 has taught all of us many things. It’s really great to go through such a situation every 30 years.

  8. Yes this year has taught us many valuable life lessons. Now with this experience we all have become more patient even with adverse situations. Hope things improve soon and we get back to our normal lives.

  9. Absolutely! The biggest lesson I learnt this year is to be grateful and value life.

    1. 2020 has been indeed an year that taught us many lessons which are going to stay throughout our lives. It changed human’s perspective in seeing and understanding people’s speech and actions. It has also been a tough year for many of us who have lost their loved ones and thus teaching us the value of spending quality time with our family, relatives and friends.

      1. D, I loved your post. I’m glad that you mentioned the subtle learnings we’ve had during the pandemic like valuing time and our loved ones. Hope we remember them always!

  10. True that this pandemic has left a great impact on us and we all were taught to respect mankind and the mother nature. A life where there was no hurry was the beautiful time to explore about our strengths and weaknesses.

  11. Learning to appreciate what we have already has been a monumental lesson of this year as well.

  12. SpeakEasy always comes with great topics. I have participated in 2 series. 2020 has taught us many things. Gratitude and social responsibility are among many others.

  13. SpeakEasy always comes with great topics. I have participated in 2 series. 2020 has taught us many things. Gratitude and social responsibility are among many others.

  14. What a tear it was. We took one day at a time and see we are towards the end. It was special in its own way. We are going to remember it forever. I have set a few goals for myself in 2020 and I was able to achieve all of them.

  15. Esp in these times, one has to trust their own judgement. 2020 taught us many things, the most importantone being, be thankful for everyday that you have. Have a good year ending

  16. 2020 has taught us many things. To be grateful for our existence is one of those. This year was different and taught us lesson which we wouldn’t have otherwise.

  17. Very true, 2020 has been an eye opener for all of us and hope it ends without any more fuss.

  18. 2020 has definitely been a year of too many highs and lows. With our families and friends away for too long and the year teaching us many values.

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  20. Indeed 2020 has been instrumental in teaching so many lessons. Valuing your family above everything and slowing down is something that has been a big learning for me.

  21. Agree with you on all pointers. We are grateful for all the things we have and the friends & family who support us unconditionally.

  22. Absolutely! 2020 made us stop , think, and prioritize things in our life. Gratitude is another thing that came to fore this year.

  23. Beautiful lady I really love reading your writings blessed to find this blog 😘😘😘

  24. Even though the year 2020 shook the entire world, it definitely taught everyone important life lessons which I don’t think we would have learnt otherwise. I have for sure learnt to be more grateful for the little things in life.

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  27. Ye sofr sure 2020 has taught us some very valid pointers for life. Battling with two illnesses in 2020 one of which almost went on the verge of being a major illness I have truly developed gratefulness towards the life I have.

  28. 2020has taught us lots of lessons which were not in our list of new learning. We all gone through tough time but all that acceptable for the improvement of human beings. Besides, loss of lives is great loss of 2020

  29. You have penned down all my thoughts..2020 has been an epoch-making year..hope the new year brings good tidings for all mankind

  30. I have learnt a lot in this year and have improved myself a lot that has been a achievement for me. I feel little happy that I got time to work on me and my health during lockdown.

  31. 2020 has been a challenging year for the world but it has also got the best out of everyone. From cooking to paintings, everyone has started doing what they loved to do and some have started a fresh for the sheer joy of learning. This year has been all about learning and valuing family and life.

  32. This has been a tough year and at the same has taught us a lot. I definitely have a lot to be grateful about in these tough times and that’s what pulls is through sometimes in life.

  33. Totally agree that we should set goals as per our capabilities and Don’t get panic if things are not going at fast paced. Speak easy blog challenge offer so many things to learn

  34. This year I have learned so much about life and changed ourselves. It is okay to slow down and focus on what we want

  35. The year 2020 was unprecedented for our generation at least , it taught me that nothing is impossible . Who taught online classes and medical consultations would be successful and yet it’s happening !!

  36. I think, as bad as this year has turned out, it gave an equal opportunity of learning what really matters in our life. This pandemic has questioned our life choices and forced us to focus on what is actually important in our life 🙂

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  39. I have had similar learnings but I have to share asking for help is something which doesn’t come to me easily, I try to maximum by myself in my capabilities, but this year I just let go that part of myself.

  40. I agree! 2020 has been full of lessons. we were forced to pause and think. i resonate with the learnings you have had!

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