There is so much to say about 2020, but most of us will agree that it has been a difficult and unpredictable year. It is safe to say that 2020’s main protagonist has been COVID-19; given that it has influenced all spheres of our lives and created a new normal that we had to adapt to. COVID-19 aside, we have also suffered from the deaths of popular celebrities/politicians, natural disasters, and massive protests worldwide due to racial discrimination. The year 2020 has also reminded us of some basic life lesson stories we had forgotten about or ignored. All things considered; chances are most people will be happy to shut the doors of 2020.

As we bid farewell to 2020 and tap into our tradition of hoping for a better new year; more than ever before, this new dawn will represent an opportunity to start over and/or craft new resolutions – from landing a new job, buying a house, getting married, to attaining that beach body. But if we should remember one thing from the numerous life lesson stories of 2020, it would be the massive disconnect between New Year’s hopes and expectations vs. realities. Perhaps acknowledging and being aware of this will help us set more realistic objectives that will eventually make us more productive in 2021.

  1. New Year’s Hope vs. Reality: Fitness

What follows seems to be characteristic behavior for many of us. We start the New Year hoping to look like a supermodel in no time. Each January we hope that we will completely transform our sedentary lifestyle to become an elite athlete with well-chiselled six-pack abs. Therefore, fitness centers are often at capacity at the start of each year. While there is nothing inherently wrong with such hopes, the issue is that it is difficult to measure and therefore, difficult to attain as well.

Here’s some food for thought: Perhaps this year we should try focusing on more thoughtful fitness realities that can be measured and achieved. While that might not be particularly exciting, focusing on smaller goals will end up yielding significant changes. Gradually incorporate small lifestyle changes such as drinking more water, getting enough sleep, and getting a few minutes of exercise twice or three times weekly (at least in the beginning). Improving your fitness is a lifelong goal, not a month’s/year’s objective. Turning these small lifestyle changes into “habits” will prove to be the most effective.

  1. New Year’s Hope vs. Reality: Social life

As far as our social life is concerned, especially with today’s increasingly important role of social media; come January 2021, we might set our sights on attaining social media influencer status. For some reason, healthy social life is now directly linked to the number of followers on various social media platforms. Here’s some food for thought: Perhaps a more achievable and impactful reality would be to choose to be more PRESENT in the lives of our loved ones. Perhaps investing in our physical relationships, will prove to be a healthier and more achievable reality than cracking Facebook’s algorithm to attain social dominance.

  1. New Year’s Hope vs. Reality: COVID-19

Some people are desperately hoping for the start of 2021 and are giving the impression that the mere start of a new year, means that all the afflictions of 2021 will magically disappear. During 2020, a lot of professionals had hoped and even predicted an end to the pandemic (attaining herd immunity) by Q1 of 2021. We now know that this is highly unlikely. In fact, the reality is that it is almost impossible to pinpoint a precise timeline for its end, because there are too many variables to account for. Here’s some food for thought: If we must rely on forecasts as far as COVID-19 is concerned; some reports now suggest that Q3 or Q4 of 2021 are a more likely scenario, if effective vaccination can be paired with the implementation of other public health measures such as mask wearing and social distancing.

Taken together, the eve of 2021 provides us with opportunities to learn from 2020’s life lesson stories, to be able to bridge the gap between our New Year’s hopes and realities.


Categories: Storytelling


Bruce Peters · December 30, 2020 at 6:22 am

This is a very interesting article. I like the fact that you put reality against hope. The first part of the article was probably the most shocking – the deaths, the many natural disasters, and the many political and social protests that occurred in 2020. Then, when you add covid-19 on top of all of this – we had a hell of a year. I can see why everyone is hoping and prayer for a better 2021. I also wish everyone a blissful and productive New Year.

    duppydomTEAM · January 3, 2021 at 5:05 am

    Bruce, thank you for sharing your comments. The word “shocking” is putting it mildly. The year 2020 was like no other year we have experienced. We also wish you and the world the most joyful and successful New Year yet 😊🥳🎉🍾

Adaego M. Azi · December 30, 2020 at 10:11 pm

duppydomTEAM – Happy 2021 to you too. So true, there is so much to say about 2020, I wouldn’t even know where to start – I’m just glad it’s over and I hope that 2021 will be much better. I like the idea of hope and reality about fitness. One of my new year’s resolutions is to get into even better shape and I like the idea of it becoming a habit, not just a hope. Thank you duppydomTEAM, for the great blogs in 2020. I hope you guys are also blissful and productive in 2021 🤗🤗

    duppydomTEAM · January 3, 2021 at 5:04 am

    Adaego, we appreciate your comments. We are also hoping that 2021 is a much better year. Good luck reaching your fitness goals. If you are interested in knowing how building better habits can serve you well in your business and personal life, here’s a good read: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (Charles Duhigg). Happy New Year to you and your family 😊🥳🎉🍾

S. Jakes · December 31, 2020 at 10:54 pm

Happy New Year, duppydomTEAM. “Some people are desperately hoping for the start of 2021 and are giving the impression that the mere start of a new year, means that all the afflictions of 2021 will magically disappear” – I am glad to see this in print. I have been saying this for months. I also hope for a great New Year, but we will still have to wear a mask and be social distanced – that is just the reality. Another great article and thanks for the other articles in 2020. I hope all of you and your families have a prosperous 2021.

    duppydomTEAM · January 3, 2021 at 5:02 am

    S. Jakes – thank you very much for your kind words. It’s understandable that most people cannot wait for the end of 2020. But we will probably still have to endure some of the same devastation experienced in 2020 – unfortunately, for at least part of 2021. We hope that you and your family have a happy and very bountiful 2021 😊🥳🎉🍾

Amie Warwick · January 1, 2021 at 2:44 am

duppydom – this article makes a lot of sense. When it comes to the coronavirus, there are a lot of things we have to pay attention to, we can’t take things for granted or just hope for things to work out. We made a lot of adjustments because of the coronavirus and I am hoping the vaccines will make life more normal. Happy 2021 to you.

    duppydomTEAM · January 3, 2021 at 5:01 am

    Amie – your comments are greatly appreciated. We are hoping that the vaccines will bring back some normalcy in 2021. And you are right, our hope must be tempered with appropriate behaviors/adjustments. Happy 2021 to you and your family. May all of you be blessed with love and prosperity 😊🥳🎉🍾

Lisa Steffler · January 1, 2021 at 5:13 am

Hopeful but still based in reality is a perfect way to think about 2021. I also read the article “when will the covid-19 pandemic end?”; and although reality, I’m still sad that it will take most of 2021 before life might go back to normal. God willing, it might end even sooner. Thank you for the articles in 2020, I always looked forward to reading them. I wish you and your family a blessed 2021 and may God shower you with even more hope and faith.

    duppydomTEAM · January 3, 2021 at 5:01 am

    Thank you, Lisa. You have highlighted the theme of the article, “hopeful but still based in reality.” Although it is sad that it will take most of 2021 before life might go back to normal (Charumilind, Craven, Lamb, Sabow & Wilson, 2020); it is encouraging that for the first time, there is some data (the arrival of the vaccines) that we can use in determining an end date for the coronavirus. We also wish you and your family a blessed 2021 and may God shower you with Grace and Mercy 😊🥳🎉🍾

Amara Kone · January 1, 2021 at 6:06 am

I can’t help but have hope, but the idea of herd immunity even by Fall of next year isn’t looking good. The vaccinations are not going as planned. According to the Trump administration, around 5 million people were supposed to be vaccinated by the end of December and they are nowhere near that – I guess you can say that’s the reality of the situation. This is not the best way to start the New Year.

    duppydomTEAM · January 3, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Amara, thank you very much for your comments. Agreed; the Trump Administration did not reach its vaccination goal by the end of December 2020, but no one can disagree that their goal was very daunting – let’s chalk it up to ironing out the kinks. The good news is that President-elect Joe Biden’s goal is 100 million Covid vaccinations in his first 100 days in office. Let’s put our hopes in that achievement. Happy 2021 to you and your family 😊🥳🎉🍾

Nadine Wu · January 1, 2021 at 9:49 am

duppydomTEAM – Happy New Year. I hope next New Year’s Eve I will be out partying instead of reading a blog article (I mean no harm, but…). Hope vs Reality – this is a cool way to look at this. People always have a lot of hope for the new year, but sometimes reality can ruin their hopes. The coronavirus was the biggest reality in 2020 and I think it might be again in 2021. But, like they say, we can always hope for the best.

    duppydomTEAM · January 3, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Nadine – we appreciate your comments. You can never go wrong with positivity, hope and faith, even if (and especially when) reality looks grim. We agree with you – let’s hope for the best in 2021. Happy New Year to you and your family. We wish you peace, love, health and joy in 2021 😊🥳🎉🍾

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