It's my conviction that we just went through in 2020 was a serious wake up call.
If you've been awake at all during this historic season, you know that last year was filled with endless terrible news. Even still, this New Year will pose its own set of challenges.
Despite all the tragedy we just went through, we were reminded of some important things. These are things too often forgotten during the good times when life is easy.
2021, like any other year, will have obstacles of its own that we will all to face collectively and individually. Knowing this, it's very important that we carry certain universal truths close to heart as we move forward together.
Below are 7 important things that 2020 reminded us of:
1) HARD TIMES REVEAL TRUE NATURE
Difficult times reveal our true character; it reveals areas of strength as well as weakness. Last year revealed everyone's strengths and weaknesses, which is a blessing in disguise.
If you learned of some habits or things you need to change, you have an opportunity right now to make those necessary changes.
It's time to lose the ego, humble ourselves and become better.
2) HOW RESILIENT WE TRULY ARE
It felt like we were all stuck on an endless rollercoaster ride. Yet, we held on and made it through the year.
As humans, when push comes to shove, we go the extra mile to ensure survival. It's inspiring how we handled everything.
Amidst all kinds of loss, we took it face value and calmed the storm.
3) WHAT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER
Your vehicle, your house, your investments, Netflix, favorite pastimes, favorite sports teams, fashion, trends, all your things, all your stuff, and even Lysol wipes don't really matter in the end.
Anything that you can't physically bring with you when you die doesn't really matter. They don't truly matter because they don't feed the soul; things and stuff are purveyors of fraudulent joy, mere feelings and emotions.
Are you still holding on to things that don't really matter? It's time to let them go.
4) TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED
Australia faced the fire, Kobe is gone, George Floyd took his last breath, many died in the intensive care units around the world as the list of loss continued.
We were reminded, abruptly so, not to take anything for granted, to soak up every last moment with those we love, and to be thankful for who and what we presently have in our lives.
You never know when what you have or who you love in life won't be here anymore.
5) WE NEED EACH OTHER
Zoom's stock went up as social distancing was increasingly enforced. It's bittersweet being limited to video chat with family and friends during these times, but I'm so thankful for this technology.
It just goes to show that human connection is a vital ingredient for us to live a successful life. Whether we meet in person or online, we need each other.
Don't do this year alone, stay connected and fight for every relationship you value.
6) TIME IS PRECIOUS
When you're late it goes fast, when you're too early it slows down, when you're having a good time it disappears, and when you're stuck in traffic it can sometimes stop altogether. That's time in a nutshell, it's unpredictable.
Time snuck up on us last year. It went from 0 to 100 overnight, slowed down to an agonizing glacier speed when we had no idea what to expect next, then picked back up again amidst the uncertainty. We weren't ready for it.
We need to stop wasting time on things that don't matter so we can be better prepared for any obstacle that comes our way going forward.
7) FAMILY FIRST
Regardless of what year we're in, it takes a lot of hard work to keep family connections alive and well. However, being told that we can't gather together with anyone outside of our immediate household made it even more difficult.
Without a doubt, the tragedies of 2020 reminded us that family is the most important thing we have. Immediate family is family without question, but anyone we love should also be considered family.
As we press on into the New Year, let's make a point of placing family and those we love at the height of our focus and attention.
TIME TO WAKE UP
As we venture into 2021, it's on you to either hit the snooze button again and continue doing the same old thing as usual or get up and make things happen.
After everything last year forced us to live with, we're still here. It's our responsibility to take the events that took place, learn from them, and become better versions of ourselves as life goes on.
The hard times that we survived revealed what we're good at and what we're not so good at. We learned how resilient we can be, how precious time is, what doesn't really matter, and what matters most of all . . . family.
We never know what's around the corner. It's time to stay connected and stop taking our relationships of value for granted because we need each other. It's time to wake up!
Get Fit, Stay Fit, Enjoy Life!
Stephen C. Langhjelm