Where did the year go? I know, do you?
The year has been etched in the history books and the survivors are here to tell the tale for generations. I thought I would never get to say it in my lifetime. But hey we are in 2020, so anything is possible! Finally an year end article where I can’t write – Where did the year go? Because I clearly know where did the year go? – In lockdown and washing – literally everything! And here we are on the last Sunday of the year. Can you believe it?
The year begins: January – August
In January 2020, I was in Agra, witnessing the beauty of the majestic Taj Mahal. By February, everyone was talking about Coronavirus. So I spent February in speculation, anticipation and calculation. March as you know was in lockdown. The one word which enjoyed worldwide fame and recognition was ‘Quarantine’. I might have had quarantined my thoughts as well. Hence, I didn’t write much. We had the worst cases of Coronavirus in April. We listened to songs from Italy and we smiled with those compilation videos from around the world. Creativity was at its peak. From May to August – Children in home, work from home was also at it’s creative best. I bet mums and dads will agree with me on that.
In September, we got used to the new normal and the schools reopened. We even ate out to help out. There was news of the second wave all along. But this time, we had the ammunition of sanitizers, masks and gloves. By mid September, we had the rule of six – A new rule prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people.
October – November
In October, we were a bit relaxed but still weary. On the Halloween night, the prime minister came up with the new lockdown phase from 5th of Nov to 2nd of December. US elections took place – still counting? I am not sure about that. We are still hoping for the justice in Sushant Singh Rajput’s case. A leading journalist, Mr Arnab Goswami from Republic media network was arrested. Political upheaval and unrest.
Here we are in December with a fancy new lockdown. We call it Tier 4! I can clearly recall the days I went for some exercise and cycling. It was way back in the summer months. It feels as if it was a completely different year. Doesn’t summer feel like ‘once upon a time’? However, if one word, other than quarantine that 2020 has taught me is ‘Hope’. I’ve heard stories of hope, prayers and wonders like never before.
Hoping for a Covid free world!
I am sure that looking back, some of us may reflect upon our achievements. However, if you have made it till now, that is an achievement in itself. I personally know many a families, who are not fortunate enough to be in that position. There could not be a better time to count our blessings. A heart full of gratitude, a desire to help and a few kind words and love will do. At the time when the world is acting like a conveyor belt for despair, let us come together to cushion each other with the warmth of our words. We don’t have much control over all the things, which is quite evident from the sequence of events so far in the year. Isn’t it? You might as well live a little.
Thank you and happy new year!
Thank you for all your love and support. I am hanging in here. Please look after yourself and the people around you.