To say 2020 has been challenging is an understatement. For my mental health, I don’t follow the news as closely as I once did. For example, current statistics state that in the United States 200,000+ people died and there are 7+ million cases. To say the virus “isn’t that bad” and “affects virtually nobody” shows how out of touch the current administration is. How many people have to die or suffer for things to be bad? So yeah, I avoid the world news much more lately.
It saddens me to see so many people suffering. Stepping outside my comfort zone, I opened my eyes and accepted truths I was able to ignore previously. One thing that stood out: how many missed opportunities there are. For example: Thesaurus.com, distracted by the desire to get clicks, missed the opportunity to get more clicks from me (losing potential income) by creating a deceiving newsletter. Many people (including myself) are so distracted by the craziness going on in the world, they are missing opportunities to improve their situations. Note I said “many people” because I noticed some people found opportunities for them to take bad situations and turn them into good situations for themselves. While some people are in the worst position they’ve ever been in, some people are in better positions now than they were last year.
2020 taught me the importance of being aware of the negative things going on but to focus on the positive things. I’m naturally curious, so I used this time to educate myself on topics I’ve always been curious about but never pursued. I’m redefining what I want in life and what makes me happy. By redefining happiness, I noticed opportunities I would have ignored previously. It’s gotten to a point where I read, for example, a tech article and my mind will spin like a hurricane from ideas flooding my brain. So many things I could write or make a video about, tons of different avenues to learn something new, ridiculous amounts of opportunities to connect with like-minded people.