Life is unpredictable, just like how this year has been for everyone around the world.
I like setting goals every year, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Maybe like me, the year you had planned out did not come to fruition because of the lockdown. That’s okay though, things happen, but we have to cope.
Despite everything that happened (and did not happen), I believe we all have lessons learned this year.
What I Learned This Year
1. Prevention is better than cure.
COVID-19 (nCov as it was called early this year) started in Wuhan, China in December 2019, but the world wasn’t alarmed until March 2019. I, on the other hand, have practiced what I thought was best back then — wear a face mask whenever I was going out. I was already playing safe because there wasn’t much information available yet, so it was up to me to protect myself.
2. You cannot depend on your job alone.
Millions of people lost their jobs and hundreds of businesses closed because of the pandemic. Fortunately, I didn’t lose mine even if I am a freelancer. I knew early on that there was no job security for freelancers, so I made it a rule to have at least two clients.
You don’t know to what extent your job security is, so take advantage of the technology, learn new skills, and hustle. I created a Fiverr account in March, and I’ve earned $72 so far. It’s not much because I’m not marketing my services, but imagine how much I could earn if I marketed my services? If you want to try Fiverr, you can sign up here.
3. Always save money.
I’ve been building my emergency fund since I started working in 2014. Luckily, I haven’t had any reason to use it yet. Having a rainy day fund would really be helpful in times like this.
If you have no emergency fund and have no idea how to get started, you can read How to Build an Emergency Fund Without Budgeting.
4. Be considerate of others.
I am what our government calls a person with disability (or PWD) because I have epilepsy. In July, the government announced that they will release a one-time allowance for PWDs, but I didn’t take mine. Yes, I was entitled to it, but I knew there are those who needed the money more than I did. I didn’t take mine because I have a job, and I can afford my monthly maintenance medicines while others can’t.
Even if my country is on a less stringent quarantine and malls have reopened, I still don’t go out unless needed. I only go out when I go for checkups or buy groceries. Whenever I go out, I wear a face mask, face shield, and I bring my own alcohol and pen.
5. Not having achieved anything of significance this year is okay.
This wise person on the web taught me that staying sane in this pandemic is an achievement itself:
Looking back, what did I accomplish this year?
- I’m able to do pullups.
- Doubled my savings.
- Been writing consistently.
I may not have achieved my 2020 goals, but these achievements + staying sane are enough for me.
2020 may not have been the year you were expecting, but what are the lessons you learned or things that you are grateful for this year?
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