Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021

A decorative image containing a search bar for topics on 2020Written by: Reya Siby, 3rd Year Medical Sciences

I think it’s a universal feeling to admit that 2020 was not the best year. Who would have ever thought that when we were counting down to 2020, we were also counting down to a pandemic, Kobe Bryant’s death, political unrest, forest fires, and more. On top of this, we were all going through our own personal hurdles.

Personally, 2020 was a rollercoaster of a year with many new and exciting moments turning into monotonous and dreary ones. 2020 started off for me in a new country that I was exploring. Then in February was my birthday where I turned 20. This was a monumental time for me because I was officially no longer a teen and I got to celebrate this moment. Then all of a sudden, it was like a snowball effect. WHO announced that we were in a pandemic, the school closed, and everything was in lockdown. What I thought would only last a couple of weeks, snowballed into an entire year. A lot of plans and extra-curriculars I had got canceled, and I felt like I was wasting my days away. It eventually led to an avalanche that I felt like I was drowning in and there was nothing I could do to stop it.

I know that a “new year” isn’t really a restart button and things from 2020 will only spill over to 2021. But if there’s anything I learned from 2020 it’s to not take things for granted and to be patient. Complaining about how our new environment has ruined our lives will only make things worse. I learned that life isn’t about traveling to all the countries in the world or winning a prize to give it meaning, it’s about living life that gives it meaning. Whether this includes sad moments or happy moments, everything is a part of life. So make the most of it by focusing on being happy whether it be indoors or with your family; challenge yourself in a positive way. I’ve comprised a list of things I plan on doing this year to maintain positive energy and make the most of my year, some things you can try out for yourself as well!


You don’t have to have a specific routine to your journal. I don’t do it every day but I try to at least once every week. You can write whatever you want: your goals, how your day went, something you hope to happen, etc. I usually like to journal in the morning, so I can start my day off by being thankful for the new day, talking about what happened in the previous day, or planning on what I want to accomplish throughout the day (this could be small things like finishing your homework, etc.).

Trying new things: 

Trying something that you’re not used to can be a challenge to yourself and makes things more exciting. For example, reading a new book, starting a new show or movie, even picking up on new hobbies! Buy a drawing book and start painting or sketching. Teach yourself to play the guitar! Into photography? Create an album of your favourite photos! 


The goal of exercise for me is to mainly keep my body healthy. It used to be really hard for me to stay motivated to exercise but keeping a schedule, planning what time of the day, and what exercise I want to do really helped in encouraging me. Also, don’t always expect to get results immediately, this was also another reason that kept me from exercising. Like I said if you just have the purpose of trying to remain healthy, exercising will work out for you.  

Live a value-oriented lifestyle: 

When I used to make new years resolutions it used to be stuff like: “I’m going to exercise every day” or “I’m going to get straight As this year”. While it’s important to keep goals, having goals such as this every time can put a lot of pressure on yourself and make you unhappy because you’re always going to expect these results. Instead, have value-based goals such as: “I want to be more compassionate” or “I want to do something kind for a stranger today”. These goals don’t only help with self-growth but they are also way more achievable.

I hope some of these things have motivated you into maintaining positivity this year. Here’s to another year, happy 2021!


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