Most people around us are
looking forward to 2021 as the children look forward to Christmas! As
though a magic wand will suddenly make 2020 disappear or perhaps
Santa will take it away. Alas! The chances of that happening are
quite slim. But, don’t you feel that while 2020 was immensely
difficult for obvious reasons, it made new people out of all of us?
We were faced with situations that were unprecedented. There were
huge families suddenly at home, with no house helps and
work-deadlines of your own. There was no concept of having some space
for yourself; in fact, many women lost their jobs too. It did feel
like the worst has come to our very ordinary lives without warning.
But we got up, we dusted, and we moved on! The fighters that all
women are, never for once let the weight of all the setbacks keep
them from achieving. You kept your jobs, homes, relationships going,
and you still shone with little victories every single day.
there were statement-makers and famous achievers like Kamala Harris
and Melinda Gates who were busy changing the history of womanhood and
the way this world perceives you, there were not-so-famous yet
inspirational achievers too, just like you. There were women
conceptualizing new businesses after the breadwinners in their
families lost their jobs, women fighting patriarchy both at home and
office during the pandemic with very little to no recognition, women
making sure that their children did not miss their routine lives and
grew as if 2020 never happened and so on. You often forget to pat
your backs and remind yourselves of the splendid jobs you are doing.
You are a fighter who never gives in, you are the backbone of many
lives and in every sphere of life (with or without pandemic)- you
have overachieved and how!
Hence, rather than trying
to find a new you in 2021, let us celebrate the new you that you have
already become in 2020. Let us look back and salute your
perseverance, strength and the ability to care, cherish and nurture.
Let us be grateful and thankful for all the things that did go right
in this year, the things that kept us going. They can be the littlest
of things that brought you joy, gave you the strength required or
courage that you needed. They can be the people around you that are
your lifelines after all. We are grateful for all that could have
been and all that couldn’t be. And we are optimistic about the new
year knowing that sometimes, not changing yourself for a new year is
the best thing to do. Because you are perfect the way you are. All
you need to do is to let yourself free and learn/unlearn everything
that the new experiences teach you. After all, that is all that life
is about, isn’t it?