Hey beautiful people. Welcome back to my blog. We have finally arrived at the end of the year. It has been a rollercoaster of a year, and we definitely went through the highs and lows of the ride. I’m glad to put this year behind us as we have entered 2021 already. This blog post is going to share the 20 most important quarantine lessons I learned in 2020.
2020 started on a great note for all of us. We had goals, vision boards, and dreams to accomplish.We all thought 2020 was going to be the year that we accomplished our ambitions. We all believed that everything was going to go well till covid-19 happened.
The pandemic truly took us by surprise and took the world by storm. We came across many challenges and trials along the way because we never thought that we would have to be adjusting our lifestyle to the new normal.
We were uncertain about our futures for a moment because the world became still for a few weeks and we went into complete lockdown because of covid-19. And during that time, we had to stay home and watch everything plan out while we were waiting on information from the state and WHO.
But at the end of every storm, there is a rainbow and I can attest to that.
Although 2020 was a very tough year for me ( probably the toughest year I have ever came across). I am so grateful to make it this far and still be alive and kicking. Navigating my 20s during this pandemic has not been easy but I am not grateful for not giving up.
I am currently 20 years old and I started being serious about my self-improvement journey last year. I had all this time from quarantine and I have learned so much in the past year alone.
Without further ado, this blog post is going to share the 20 Important Quarantine Lessons I learned in 2020.
Here they are:
1. Anything Can Happen.
When the pandemic happened, I found myself confused and uncertain about what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t know what to do with my life because the world was still and I moved back home. I came back from university because we had to adhere to social distancing instructions from the government.
My goals for the year became completely altered because I had no idea how the year was going to fall out. So I realized that I had to expect the unexpected.
2. I learned to invest in myself.
I started to ask myself questions and I dug deep. I began to discover myself all over again. Discovering my strengths and weakness. I also started to discover my talents. I did research on topics that interested me. I learned about my likes and dislikes. I started to learn myself as a person all over again.
3. I started a passion project.
I learned the importance of starting start a passion project when lockdown happened and I was uncertain about my future and the direction of my life and I needed an outlet to be creative. I wanted an outlet just to write and have fun, so I started my blog. I fell in love with blogging and gained a lot of information. I love blogging because it allows me to express myself the way I am. It allows me to be me with a twist of professionalism.
4. I learned to preserve my mental health.
As someone with a history of mental health issues, I learned to start over again in my mental health journey and take care of my mental health. It was not an easy process because I was very depressed and anxious during the year and my OCD thoughts resurfaced because of lockdown. I had to be gentle with myself and allow myself to feel everything.
There was no avoiding my mental health issues because I was home and that really forced me to work on my mental health. Some days were harder than others. My depression would last for months but I never gave up on myself because I knew that deep down, the mentally healthy Kgomotso was there, even though she was buried deep away from the world.
5. I learned to be patient.
I realized more and more about being patient when things did not go my way this year. I also realized to be patient with myself in all that I did and planned to do. Having patience is very important because I realized that life will not always go our way, so I must develop patience in my daily life.
6. Take Care of Myself
In quarantine, it could be very hard to take care of myself at times because I would be sad and depressed so I learned on the days I felt that way, I had to take extra care of myself. Taking care of myself was very important because that is the best way I know how to love myself and show myself compassion at that point in time.
7. I learned to develop a growth mindset.
I went through a lot of challenges. Especially academically and in my personal life. I remember how I felt when I came across these difficult challenges. I cried, felt sad, felt down, and felt like life was so hard.
But as the days passed on, I learned to develop a growth mindset and view my failures as obstacles to get through in my life. I learned to deal with failures and accepting failure. I love learning from these challenges in my life.
8. I learned to have a positive mindset.
I think we can all agree that when unexpected things happen to us, the automatic response is to dwell and absorb ourselves into all the negative emotions. But in 2020 I learned to have a positive mindset because it helped me to have a positive perspective and outlook on life.
There is always something to be positive about and grateful for. Having a positive mindset really helped me to see the good in everything I went through.
9. I learned to trust my intuition more.
I am still learning how to listen to my intuition more, but I improved from where I was since the pandemic started. All I can say is that vibes do not lie, and you need to tune in. Always listen to your gut feeling because it might save you from bad situations. I also learned to listen to myself.
10. I learned to stop aiming for perfection and just create content.
When I started my content creation journey, I was very clueless about a lot of things concerning content creation and I had to take time to learn and I learned to just create content along the way and not wait till the situation is ideal.
11. I learned to trust myself.
I learned to trust my own voice and trust my own advice for myself. I learned to trust my decisions and not seek validation from the world. I realized that my opinions about myself matter the most than the opinions of others.
12. I learned to be my own best friend.
We go through life looking to find best friends and that is when we feel loved, understood and we feel like we belong. But how often do we work on being best friends to ourselves? Do we actually treat ourselves like we would treat our best friends?
I worked on my relationship with myself and took the effort in making myself happy and cheering myself up. I made sure to be there for myself and gave myself the love I needed when I was feeling down.
13. Everything happens for a reason.
I learned that everything happens for a reason. I learned that everything in the world is intertwined and everything we do is connected to other things in the universe. I also learned that everything that happens has a lesson to provide and an experience to provide.
14. I learned to trust the journey.
In quarantine, when everything seemed so uncertain and I did not understand why everything was happening, I learned to trust the journey. I learned that life is a journey and I need to have faith in my own direction and trust myself on the journey.
15. I learned to love myself.
Self-love for me has not always been easy because, in high school, I was someone who had low self-esteem and low self-confidence. I did not usually love myself for the longest time but my relationship with self-love was there.
So, during quarantine, I worked on my relationship with myself all over again. I learned to love myself and my past selves. I learned to pour love into the weaker sides of me.
16. I learned to believe in myself.
When I had goals and ambitions, I would feel like they were too ambitious. But then I realized that I could never think my dreams are too big to accomplish. I learned to believe in myself and my own capabilities. I learned to be my own motivator when times were tough.
Believing in myself was key in helping me start my passion projects and helping me start brand-new social media accounts for my brand. I did not wait for anybody to tell me I could do it. I told myself could do it. I also stopped seeking validation from others and just believe in myself. I learned to be my own hype man.
17. I learned to work on me, for me.
I learned that I had to work on myself for myself and not for other people because I am a constant work in progress and masterpiece at the same time. I learned to focus on myself and my progress and not other people’s progress because they are them and I am me.
I learned to do things in silence and complete my goals on my own without telling the world or needing motivation from the world. I learned to clap for my own damn self!
18. I am where I am supposed to be.
With everything that was going on in the world and with quarantine happening, I learned to trust that I am where I need to be in my life. I met myself where I was and accepted who I was and where I was. I also understood that I am where I need to be in my life because that is the timing of my life.
19. I learned to always be grateful.
We are still stuck in quarantine, which means that we are all at home and social distancing and washing our hands as well as sanitizing. Being at home taught me to be grateful for the circumstances that I have because they could be worse or I could be in danger. Even when I was feeling sad or depressed, I learned to always view my life with a grateful heart.
I am grateful for being alive and being with my loved ones during quarantine. I am grateful that I can still pursue my passions and hobbies from home. I am grateful that I have a safe environment to live in during the pandemic.
No matter how hard I think I could be going through it, I always learned to practice gratitude at the end of the day and see how lucky I was to be alive at that moment. Or any moment I feel like practicing gratitude, I would just tune in and be grateful.
20. I learned to celebrate being alive.
Life is a gift and I used to understand that at first, but quarantine made me appreciate it more. I learned to celebrate being alive every day and waking up healthy and safe. I am so grateful to be alive during the pandemic because I get to have the wonderful opportunity to build myself and build my brand.
I learned to realize what a privilege it is for me to be alive in such a big time in history and technology.
To conclude, that were the 20 important quarantine lessons I learned in 2020. I am so grateful to be alive and existing in a very important time in history.
Yes, 2020 has been a very challenging year, and it was hard to keep motivated with our daily life activities when we were trying to fight a pandemic and a mental health pandemic.
It is important for us to congratulate ourselves for just simply existing and being alive and for keeping on even though we felt stuck most of the times. It wasn’t easy to keep going for most of us, but we made it this far and we need to be proud.