What a challenging year it has been! Full of surprises, chaos, and unmet expectations. A year of lost hopes and breaking barriers. That's how I sum up the year 2020.
No matter how good the year 2020 has started, there are always obstacles along the road. That's an uncertain moment of what the future holds.
How the year started
Celebrating New year 2020 with my family was one of the best moments. It brought happiness and a joyful spirit to be with my loved ones.
We've shared lots of meaningful conversations, short travels, and family gatherings that bonded us strongly. We don't get a chance to celebrate yearly together as one big family, and whenever we do, we make it sure to be very memorable.
Meaningful moments had been a celebration with a dear person in my life. I had a great time and sweet memories that I always reminisce.
The Great Challenge
The end of the first quarter of 2020 brought misery to our lives. The pandemic caused by Covid-19 knocked us down. It made us paralyzed for a moment. It made us worry, fear, and angry over the unknown enemy.
Covid-19 made a global freeze. No local and international flights, some travel restrictions, closed businesses, and bankrupt companies.
It had separated countries by closing the borders, made us feel disconnected through physical distancing, and taught us to set boundaries for our protection and of our loved ones.
Before the lockdown in March this year, I have shared a meaningful journey with special people in my life. We have never thought that the worst is yet to come, but we celebrated the triumph with courage, faith, and love.
Despite this centuries' surprise, we're able to survive and thrive. No matter how challenging the situations are, we keep a fighting spirit to live a good life on a new normal.
Lessons from the Pandemic
Lots of meaningful lessons are thrown at us to learn. This current pandemic is just a preview of a series of disastrous moments to come to humanity. We have to prepare to experience the worst. And so, we can better prepare for the next to come. Be better and be bold.
That's a great lesson for humanity, but the pandemic made us realize that we're all globally connected and can feel people's suffering wherever they are in the world.
However, it's not the end of the world. We had to do something. We don't have to feel miserable, lonely, or depressed. Instead, we have made things possible.
In times of pandemic, food is an essential thing to survive. When people in the cities are having a challenge in their food supplies, people in the countryside or rural areas have a reason to be more grateful.
Integrated farming lifestyle
My parents decided to make use of their time while on lockdown. And so they started to develop our farmland to be our new lifestyle.
With integrated farming, it has converted our farm into a mini forest with different kinds of trees. This place is where I do forest bathing every time we visit the farm. Its healing effect is Wonderful as it helps to be more grounded. To be connected to the natural source.
We've also started to plant vegetables and fruits and have made farm-fresh harvest for our food on the table. This time, health must be an utmost priority. We have to strengthen our immunity against diseases, and so it's good to eat organic fruits and veggies that are more healthy and keep us strong and having more energy.
We've had enough of the Covid-19, and we help to defeat it. It can never break and kill us as long as we keep the faith.
When we can travel again without restrictions and quarantine status is on the lowest level, we rejoice that finally, we are back to normal, although some health protocols are still in place.
We've had some simple family gatherings to celebrate precious moments and religious devotions. This time no kisses and hugs, but a little distance to ensure safety. It's a robotic feeling, but we have to get used to it.
Christmas in our hearts
Our world brightens up when the 'Ber' month started. We're in a festive mood and celebrating Christmas early on.
From September to December, we anticipate a very long Christmas season unique among Filipinos. It brings hope that we can always be cheerful and win any battle of life's ups and downs.
And so, we celebrate Christmas. It may not be the merriest celebration this year, but we never fail to bring the light of hope and higher aspirations.
This Christmas in times of pandemic is a reminder to be with the people who truly matter, to celebrate with simplicity and with the highest gratitude. It's a time for introspection about our purpose and our continued journey in life. To give hope and bear the light.
Christmas time is the most anticipated moment, and so we make peace with ourselves over wrongful actions. This holiday is the time for a soulful evaluation of the previous year. And also the best time for planning for the next year ahead.
So many turn of events. Some unexpected moments. Some unimaginable happenings. The year 2020 may be the beginning of a new earthly change, but it's also the beginning of a New personality and more refined energy.
©️ 2020 Del Cusay