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By now, nearly everyone can agree that 2020 was a bizarre year. It’ll be one that’ll go down as a historical one. But I beg to ask this interesting question: Is 2020 a blessing or a curse? Well, you may think nothing significant came out of 2020. How could it be a blessing? It’s certainly brought a curse upon us.
Is 2020 A Blessing Or A Curse? How To Interpret 2020
Well, not everything was all negative for 2020. Maybe we can agree that many bad things happened, and there’s nothing we can change about it now. There will be things we remember and discuss in the years ahead. But I always think of it as a little different, as there are things we can reflect upon what happened overall.
Although we can’t change the past, we need to learn how to move forward. I may not be the biggest fan of Tony Robbins, but he once said, “Life happens for us, not to us.” I interpret that we shouldn’t be reacting to life but learning how to live in the world we’re in.
Sure, bad things will always happen, and we may not be able to change it. But we can choose how to live our lives the way we want and still be successful regardless of what happens. Even in bad times, those are the times to take advantage of working harder in life. Whether it’s that side business (or your full-time business), it’s certainly not the time to step back. It’s a time to work at it endlessly to achieve massive success.
Is 2020 A blessing or a curse? The good & bad of 2020
Yes, 2020 will be a year to remember. Many bad things happened, but some silver linings will come out of this period. Some people were successful in growing their businesses and did very well despite all the craziness. People’s lives changed for the better in the last few months. Many amazing things have happened, so not all was lost or seemed hopeless.
I will discuss some things that made 2020 a great time and a bad year we all want to put behind. As I mentioned earlier, some silver linings are coming out of this year. So I remain hopeful that times will get better at some point.
There has been a lot of discussion about COVID-19 deaths and how terrible it is to see these numbers. Although there are deaths related to coronavirus, there are more unrelated deaths that are not mentioned too often in the news.
For instance, more deaths resulted from diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cerebrovascular disease. Some states saw a significant increase from these heart-related conditions rather than coronavirus. One reason mentioned is individuals are delaying routine visits or other health-related visits. These could be due to the fear of contracting the virus or not having medical care available.
Deaths unrelated to coronavirus are something to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, there seems to be more emphasis on coronavirus deaths when the actual number is still mostly unknown. Either way, ignoring these facts is consequential not only this year but in the years ahead.
Problems with mental health
There’s no doubt that mental health has taken a significant toll on many people. Even before COVID-19, mental health was an issue across the U.S. But with more people staying home the last several months, there are situations where isolation and loneliness play in. It’s one of the downsides of the lockdowns that have taken place.
Particularly among young people, children and young adults are suffering the most from staying home. With children not being in school, it causes some problems with them not socializing often. There have been situations where stress and anxiety have gone up in that age group for young adults. The lockdowns have been detrimental not just for the most vulnerable (older adults) and young people.
Loss of economic activities
No doubt the economy took a toll for the worst. Although the global economy was not doing well before 2020, there have been many disruptions in economic activities this year. Many brick and mortar businesses had to close temporarily (or even shut down permanently). Also, theater and the arts remain closed for some time. Broadway will not be resuming shows until Summer 2021. So it remains to be seen the impact of what these sectors will look like in the long-run.
Loss of trust in government and media
For some, 2020 is the year people started to question the narrative about what’s going on worldwide. Mostly how the news is covered, it raises the right questions about what is going on. Whether the virus is as deadly as initially claimed, or if it’s getting better, raises a lot of questions.
Also, there has been some loss of trust in governments around the world. If the coronavirus is not what it is, then why are people in power fear-mongering about it so much? There may be something more fishy going on behind the scenes. But more people are questioning what’s going on and whether they should believe what they’re being told. It raises serious questions.
We’ll see how the narrative goes in the new year ahead- maybe it’ll be a turning point in history.
Unfortunately, people who had planned big things had to put those on hold. Maybe they were going to travel or start a career in acting. These were things that would have been possible without the craziness that occurred this year. Especially traveling, it’s too bad that people couldn’t travel as they had desired.
In particular, one group would have to be singers and musicians who are used to going on tour. They’ve been struck the most, and it’s uncertain if they’ll be able to have concerts in person. Luckily, some of them have been able to do live streams through places such as Youtube and Twitch. These outlets help in the meantime, and they’ll continue to be moving forward.
More hygienic awareness
Moving past 2020, more people will be self-conscious of their health than ever. In previous years, some people didn’t always have excellent hygienic practices. Some people didn’t wash their hands or even cough a lot around others.
However, now these days, more people are washing their hands more often. Also, they’re using sanitizers or sanitizing their workspaces at home or in the office. So it’s good that people are keeping these things in mind.
The rise of eCommerce
E-commerce has been around for some time but has seen a significant increase this year. With more people shopping online (while staying home), eCommerce has benefited during the current economic recession. Whether it’s Amazon, Walmart, or other eCommerce sites, these places have helped tremendously.
It’s also been a great time to work on some side hustles related to eCommerce. For example, I’ve been working on a print-on-demand business for the last several months. I won’t discuss the details here, but I’m having fun with it so far. I’ve even made some money as well and aiming to turn it into a full-time business someday. So we’ll see how that goes.
I see 2020 as a year of growth and opportunity. Even with all of the bad things taking place, I could tune out from the news and focus on improving myself. Whether it’s personal development or working on my business, I could accomplish in areas I needed improvements.-Eric T. Seil
Remote work now the norm- much sooner than later
2020 has been a grand experiment with a small piece. Many people have shifted from a traditional office setting to working at home for the last several months. It was a rough transition in the beginning, but it looks like it’s gotten better over time.
Although I figured remote work would become more common in the coming years, it happened much sooner due to what’s happened this year. So far, there have been mixed results. Not everyone can work from home, but a lot of people enjoy working in their home office. It may be slightly different from being in a traditional office setting, but more common now.
It’ll be interesting to see how workplaces will operate in the long-run. Will they run on hybrid schedules? Or will remote work be more of a permanent establishment down the road? That remains to be seen.
Something I’ve undervalued for a long time is the importance of socializing with others. I’ve never been fond of having many friends, which may have negatively impacted me in the past. Witnessing what’s happened this year, I can’t believe how many people are suffering emotionally by themselves. Not being able to socialize or see people in-person has had devastating consequences.
Sure, we have virtual communication platforms (i.e., Zoom, Facetime, Facebook Messenger) to stay connected with others. But at times, it may not be the same as face to face interactions. I could go on and explain the problems of this topic. But the main message is not being around others can have long-term consequences. Human beings are not designed to live alone, and we need each other to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world.
Some things I’ve noticed throughout the year include efficient ways to manage services. For example, we’ve seen a lot of businesses offer contactless options for pickup or delivery. Some places have curbside pickup options as well. So that’s one area where companies have gotten better in improving services.
Another thing would be online orders or ordering/arranging pickups through mobile apps. These options have been around for several years, and it’s something that I’ve taken advantage of as well. So I’m glad to see more of these approaches to doing business these days. It’s less of a hassle and not as frustrating when it doesn’t need to be the case.
As we come to the end of 2020, a lot has happened over the past year. Most of it was not good, but great things did take place. As much as we didn’t want these events to happen, lessons can be learned from this year alone. I could go into details about it, but that could be the topic of another post.
For myself, I see 2020 as a year of growth and opportunity. Even with all of the bad things taking place, I could tune out from the news and focus on improving myself. Whether it’s personal development or working on my business, I could accomplish in areas I needed improvements. So I’m happy with how that went, even though I’m far from achieving massive success.
So keep in mind: 2020 may not have gone as planned for you. But if you had a great year, more power to you. Ultimately, it’s up to you to determine whether this year worked out well or not. If not, use this moment to reflect and think about how you can become a better individual. We’re heading into a new year soon, so start thinking about what you can do better in 2021.
What do you think? Was 2020 considered a blessing or a curse? Do you believe there are silver linings to come out of this strange time?
What will you do to make the upcoming new year a better outcome?
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