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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
WE WISH YOU A BLISSFUL AND PRODUCTIVE 2021!