13 December, 2020

What 2020 has taught me? #MondayMusings

 2020 has been a great year for me both personally and professionally if I minus Covid 19. But, the Covid part has also taught many life lessons. So, of course, 2020 is special. 

Did you learn or experience anything new due to quarantines and social distancing in 2020?

Here are some life lessons that 2020 taught me:

Small things turn out to be BIG things 

Before 2020, did anyone think these are such a luxury?

  • Meeting friends without a mask 
  • Traveling to any place whenever we like without the fear of contacting covid
  • Arranging house parties with friends or attending dinners at restaurants with family
  • Children playing at schools and interacting with their friends instead of connecting them through online only

Maybe these are not small things anymore. 

More family time is possible in our busy lives

I realized that before Covid, I was running between work, kids, family, dance blah blah always without spending much time on what is worth for.

Forcibly, we are working from home, kids are learning online from home, no outside work like running between kids swimming lessons/drawing classes/library visits. We reduced grocery visits too fearing the spread of Corona Virus.

So, what are we left with? The family stuck together at home.

That means - More family movies, nice bedtime stories to kids, more free time in the mornings chatting with hubby, restful afternoon naps on weekends, time for yoga online classes on weekday evenings, time to try different recipes, and so on.  

This taught me one thing - It's ok not to run in our lives and slow down a bit. It's worth to spend more time with family instead. 

All you need is less

Due to Covid, our grocery visits have reduced to half from what it was before. Credit card bills were non-existent for a few months.

This made me realize that less is enough. In 2020, I might have purchased clothes just once, that too the comfort clothes for daily use. We all learned to lead lives with minimalism, which is a great lesson. Don't you agree?

Kindness is free. Sprinkle it everywhere.

With Covid, many small businesses have incurred losses and even shut down. Many people lost jobs across the world and many are trying hard to meet the ends.

This is the time to be kind and caring. I have learned to donate more from my earnings as I am thankful for my position to give to others. 

Even if we don't think about helping financially, this is the time where many need help and guidance. A positive word/greeting might light someone's day and keep them motivated in these uncertain times.

Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.

Every cloud has a silver lining. Hope is the only thing that's important nowadays. 

It's good to know that the Covid vaccine is coming soon and I hope, it will be available for everyone at least by mid of 2021. 

Let's hope for the best and stay safe at home meanwhile.

Until next time,


Linking this post to #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne at everydaygyaan


  1. I love your phrase "all you need is less". I am going to have to remember that one! We have learned a lot of hard but valuable lessons in 2020, haven't we?

    1. This minimalism i observed only during Covid. Else I might have never known that less is enough.

  2. I agree 100%. This year has been an eyeopener for us. Stay safe dear.

  3. This is so true - Kindness is free. Sprinkle it everywhere.

  4. So glad that this has been a great year for you despite the pandemic, Mahathi. The lessons you've learnt are ones that I can relate to as well! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Yes Corinne, seems like we all experienced similar lessons during covid.

  5. It is amazing that our life lessons are almost identical. I also realised that it is time to slow down, give priority to family, spend less money, take care of health. Loved reading this post as it echoed a lot of my thoughts.

  6. I just want to hug you Ramya after reading this. Yes, we need to spread kindness whatever way it is. And yes less is what we need. Even being jobless for past 6 months, I saved more because I was at home all the time, trying to be the master chef and since my salary was not there, so no useless online ordering. Ruchi Nasa https://thevagabond.me

  7. Loved your post, Ramya and glad to know it was a great year despite all that the year eventually brought upon all of us. The lessons continue and hopefully, we are strong enough to carry the learnings into 2021. Let us appreciate all that matters most to us and be blessed to have whatever comes our way. Nothing ever happens without a reason—is my belief!

  8. You said it right that small pleasures of just getting ready and going out with friends and families without fear of any virus are no more a small thing to relish. We have actually learnt to live with minimum things around.

  9. I love that phrase - all you need is less! And yes to slowing down thr pace and spending more family time.


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