THE 4 digits which the world would never forget.
You had a uniqueness, a rhyme to your name – Twenty-Twenty– to which, initially, our tongue liked to roll- “Twenty-Twenty”.
But you left a bittersweet taste in the end.
I decided this would be the year when I would finally pursue one of my hobbies – Travel. I decided enough waiting for a travel companion. I did meticulous planning and research for my trips for the whole year. Did all kinds of calculations – leaves, holidays, places, weather, budget,everything. I even booked a trip for early this year.
BUT, I have always been wary of plans. Maybe because of my laziness or life experiences as whenever I make any plans, the universe, like a true antagonist, always throws me in deep shit. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.
And this time it was 2020. You shut down the whole world. Closed the borders. Put us in a lockdown.
You showed us the meaning of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (a Sanskrit phrase which means ‘the world is one family’). You showed us that we are connected to each and every person in this world – in more ways than we could ever imagine.
I wonder if we could see our contact tracing graph. Oh.. the web of connections moving across the countries.!!
In continuation to – the world is one family theme- you gave us another thing apart from this pandemic which united us – the social media trends.
It was always abuzz with some activity or another that required our keen attention- be it Dalgona coffee or banana bread or black and white challenge or couple’s challenge.
We loved some, hated some but couldn’t ignore any.
(Although I proudly remain untouched by any of these trends!! )
If any dialog could define you, it would probably be –
“Can you see my screen? ”
“Sorry I was on mute.”
You CHANGED our workplace scene.
From 2 hours commute to 10-sec shift from bed to the desk(or maybe not even that).
From “Not feeling well . Taking the day off” to “Bad internet connection. Taking the day off”.
From “all polished formal looks” to “sweats and bun days”.
You made us know our colleagues a bit more. Infact, we got to know them so well, that by end of the year, we could recognize just by the background noise, whose mic is on unmute. No HR Team building activity could do this. EVER.
Maybe you were the kick in the butt we all needed.
We were taking Mother Nature for granted. Exploiting it, destroying it to the extreme.
All it took for Mother nature, a microscopic virus, to bring we mighty humans down to our knees.
You showed us how wrong our priorities were.
Instead of inventions and research on saving lives, we were pouring efforts and money into inventions of destroying the world.
Instead of strengthening public health system, our politician were busy building monuments and statues worth millions.
You showed us the ugly side of society – the class divide.
You showed us if the rich and mighty are not affected nothing matters.
Although, you were not all bad either. After all there was a silver lining.
I got to be with my family almost after a decade. I realized how much I have missed this.
I realized how privileged I am.
How privileged I am to have a job that allowed me to work from home.
How privileged I am to have no pay cut.
How privileged I am to have a job.
How privileged I am to have a HOME!
You opened my eyes to blessings which I had taken for granted.
You may have not given me what I wanted, but you gave me what I needed.
With the hope that the coming years will be better, I bid you adieu.
This will be my last post for the year 2020. See you all next year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!
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