There is no denying that twenty-twenty was a very challenging year to put it lightly, for most, if not the entire world, in one way or another. 

It seemed to me, the entire planet experienced loss, devastation, pain and suffering, in some form or another, and many of us saw empty chairs this year’s end. 

I have never experienced a season like this in my 38 years of life. What I have witnessed these last four years, especially the last year, seems very biblical and extremely significant.

Seems to me, there is a lot to learn and understand from this time in history. I don’t think I have even begun to scratch the surface of what we are meant to learn from this experience.

I learned a lot about people, as I saw the best and worst of humanity. Twenty-Twenty, and the last four years have left a bad taste in my mouth where humanity is concerned. I understand that the worst of humanity do not represent the majority, but they were definitely the loudest. 

However, I also saw what makes humanity worth fighting for every time. The love, kindness, understanding and empathy we can show one another, when we open our hearts and minds to it, is breathtaking. 

I believe twenty-twenty and the last four years was about a choice. Who do you want to be? What will you accept from others? What do you stand for? What do you believe in? Are you a part of the light or the darkness? 

I already knew the answer to those questions before 2016, but the last four years, especially twenty-twenty reaffirmed my conviction of who I am, what I stand for, what will I accept from others, and what I believe. I choose to be a part of the light

Pandemic, Shut-Downs, Social-Distancing, Masks

A lot changed for many people in Twenty-Twenty, with the pandemic, shut-downs, social-distancing and masks. For my family, most of those changes were already in place. We were already stay-at-home people for the most part, we already did at-home learning (also known as homeschooling) with the kids, we already were social-distancing from everyone else. 

Not much changes for us, other than not being able to go to our favorite buffet restaurant, and wearing a mask when we go to the store. 

I am so thankful that we get to stay-at-home on a beautiful farm, surrounded by nature, and breathing in fresh air everyday. I am sad for those whose stay-at-home experience are not like that at all.

For my family, the changes we experienced in Twenty-Twenty were quite positive, our family started to experience more and more financial increase the further along the year went, which if all goes according to momentum continues in Twenty-Twenty One. This is a blessing I have been waiting for, for a long time, and I couldn’t be more ready for it. 

My biggest Twenty-Twenty disappointment is how physically crappy I often felt, didn’t exercise much or eat as well as I should have, was very distracted by what was going on worldwide. This made my challenges with anxiety much more intense than it’s been in a while.

I was terrified that Twenty-Twenty would let me down, but believed that it wouldn’t. I was right, Twenty-Twenty did not let me down. I am not talking about the pandemic, the unnecessary death, the unrest, the nonsense, the stupidity. I am talking about what most of us decided to do about it. We peacefully (for the most part) fought back, and I believe, even though the battle isn’t over yet, we won and will keep on winning. 

Twenty-Twenty is over. It was hard. It was sad. It was good. It was bad. We need to learn from it, let the lessons of Twenty-Twenty guide us, as we move toward healing, self-love and victory in Twenty-Twenty One. We must use what we have seen in Twenty-Twenty, us at our best and us at our worst, how fragile and fleeting life is, how every moment with our loved ones is a gift to not take for granted. We must use our gifts (who we are, what we have, what we can do) to make this world better. 

We must remember to not lay down our values for short-term gain. Don’t sell your soul to the devil. He has no loyalty, it won’t be worth it in the end. 

What did you decide? Are you darkness or are you light?

Photo Credits: Photo 1 by Joecalih, Photo 2 by Kelly Sikkema, Photo 3 by Hamza NOUASRIA on Unsplash