2020 has been year unlike any other. It brought unimaginable disruptions to our lives. We were all confronted with adversity in many different ways. It was a real test of our collective mettle. But, as the saying goes, “Through suffering comes wisdom.”
We learned a lot from dealing with the pandemic and its impact. Naturally, given the differences among people and their perspectives, the lessons learned undoubtedly will vary from person to person. But, judging from the writing in various media outlets and online, here are six personal lessons that many have learned this year.
What Did We All Learn From This Year?
1. The importance of being adaptable and flexible.
Millions of people found themselves working from home with little notice. Suddenly work became something very different. They had to adapt to a new environment, a new schedule, new boundaries, and new ways of communicating. It was a change that required adaptability, being open and willing to try new ways of working and new ways of doing things.
2. The importance of health and well being.
Our health is often something we simply take for granted. But the coronavirus taught us a lesson in how important it really is and how we need to do all we can to take care of it. Many companies reported that benefits related to health and well being have become much more important to workers.
3. The importance of friends and family.
With social distancing and social isolation requirements, we relied even more on the support of our close friends and family to help us navigate these trying times. Our contact with others was drastically curtailed
Many have come to realize how important these relationships are to our well being.
4. The value of resilience
Resilience is the act of bouncing back after suffering a setback or failure. It requires perseverance, and it was an important quality to have or to develop to make it through this year.
5. The value of the simpler things in life.
We found out what is truly essential, and how many things we thought were essential really are not that important. We learned the value of having a meal together with family, talking with a close friend, taking a walk in the woods, reading a good book, watching a good movie, or relaxing with a glass of wine.
6. The value of patience
We learned that the pandemic is not going to go away over night, but may be with us for some time. To survive and prevail, we had to learn to be patient, with ourselves and others. “Patience and fortitude conquer all things,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson.