What if You Could Make 2020 The Year Everything Changed for the Better?By Homaira Kabir
The odds are pretty high that at some point you faced a major setback in life that, while it was happening, seemed like the worst thing that could ever happen to you. But, with the gift of perspective, when you looked back months, years, even decades later, you smiled at how what happened turned out to be the best thing possible.
I think that’s how 2020 will be remembered. Right now, while we’re in the thick of it, it feels like nothing could be worse. First came the pandemic. Then the economic downturn, job loss and financial insecurity. And now, the acknowledgment of long-standing racial injustices that make us doubt our very humanity.
The masks we wore to feel in control of our lives have been snatched away and we’ve been brought face to face with reality. But from this raw and fragile place, I believe something beautiful can emerge. The year 2020 can, in fact, become the best year of our lives. And yet, not in the way we’d imagined when it was fresh and new. Recall that as 2019 drew to a close, most of us were planning a year where we’d pursue our dreams and let go of fears that had held us back. In hindsight, those were mostly selfish dreams. But 2020 has reminded us, every day, that our collective lives are intertwined in more ways than we can appreciate. When you fall ill, I do too. When you bleed, I bleed alongside you. And when you rise, I rise on your shoulders.
We are each other’s only safekeepers. Each other’s only hope.
This year can be the one when our humanity goes through its rebirth. When we recognize that the baggage we’ve been dragging disservices us. And learn to value the sacred interconnectedness that binds us.
If you’re a mother, you know the birthing process. Painful, sometimes excru