2020 was a hard year for most of us. All of us lived with a fear that the Covid-19 may infect our loved ones and our family. We are in the same way and at the same time excited to hear that a potent vaccine is developed. However, this didn’t happen in the year 2020. Instead, exactly on the 24th of December, even my dad tested positive. I was left numb, hopeless and sad in hearing this news and let me share to you, the pinch that you get from hearing that other people has infected with this virus and one of your families suffering from it is so different. However, deep down I was pretty sure that my dad will get through this. I believed in that because in Bhutan, until now even there are 710 confirmed cases, there is no record of death and as per BBS news, 450 cases were said to be recovered. So after waiting for two days of quarantined time, as anticipated my dad tested negative. This made me believe in the power of hope, prayers and a miracle. So if you or your family also tested covid-19 positive, be positive and don’t let your hope die, we have made it through and you will too.
Looking back from another side of the coin, there is so much thing that the year 2020 has taught me for both my personal growth and mental development.
These are a quick recap of my year 2020:
Taking online courses and trainings.
Although it is my fourth year in the college before pandemic I didn’t know that there are many good online platforms where we can fruitfully engage ourselves. Frankly speaking, I didn’t know how to use google meet, attend zoom meeting and as well as in getting access to many good websites.
The first accomplishment that I made for 2020 was finishing an online course on ‘Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot’ by Wesleyan University. This course added new knowledge and wisdom to my art of writing. Therefore, I would like to lay my heartfelt gratitude to the sponsors as well as the Coursera team for such a wonderful platform. Presently, I am taking ‘Unraveling solutions for Future Food Problems’ by Utrecht University that is very much relevant with the course that I am taking in the college.
In between the free times of years, i also attended many online training and seminars which are mostly useful in complementing my understanding to the field of my study in the college.
Online classes but face to face to examination
Next, was to do a face to face examination to all the online classes that we have learnt. That particular times was as you see most depressing as well as a goddamm tiring. However, like one of my friends said to me, ‘No matter how hard the times are, it eventually ends.’ That hard times has ended as well!
Review of National Youth Policy
Another good thing about 2020 was reviewing the National Youth Policy. The National Youth Policy of Bhutan was drafted in in 2010 and launched 2011 and never been reviewed over the years. Unlike other countries, in Bhutan youths are made to review their policy and it was an enriching experience for me to part of it. Therefore, a total of 25 youth including me worked on reviewing national youth policy and in particular, my group has contributed on thematic group ‘Education and Learning’. In the process of reviewing national youth policy we did focal group discussion, interview with other youths, social media campaign and many other exciting things, which I wish, I have more time to speak or elaborate. For more information and to check out some of our work you can visit this website http://bcmd.bt/yibhutan/category/archival/2020-archival/
Drawing on the right side of the brain
The right side of the brain is believed to be useful for ”holistic, creativity, perceptual” while the left side is used for verbal, analysis and for solving the numerical problem. Usually, the people who draw and paints are found to use only their right side of the brain. (Davidenko, 2019). Therefore, wherever I face difficulty in solving problems and analyzing some critical question, it often makes me wonder whether only my right side of the brain is functioning and the left has gone off to sleep? (Just a dry joke)
2020 also made me realize that I am passionate about writing. I could write more post compared to my previous year and even tried writing a book after recommendation received after my submission of the first fictional story. However, I have realized after completion of chapter or two that to write more you need to read more. And reading more is a bit hectic at this point of life to adjust in between my tight schedules. But to my delight, I am glad to share that I have read around 12 good books in the year 2020.
- Man’s Search for Meaning
2. Six Pillars of Self Esteem
3. The Lives and Liberation of Princess Mandarava
4. Five Go to Mystery Moor ( My Childhood favorite series)
5. The Power of Positive Thinking
6. The power of concentration. 7. 365 Days with Self Discipline. 8. Beyond the sky and Earth 9. The Perfect Us. 10. Anger Management. 11. The 5 AM Club. 12. The Selfish Gene
2020 made me realize that the more you grow up or becomes older, the more important your mental health is. Therefore, to cope up with anxiety, realize my strength, and improve my weakness I started journaling and maintaining a mental diary and it helped me a lot. Also, reading it all over again at the end of the year made me feel so funny as well as happy.
National Day Celebration
Finally the most exciting part of 2020 was joining 113th NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION. To be part of this huge event in itself was a blessing and getting to perform in front of all the royal families was a memory to be cherished forever.
There are some more areas that I have worked on like learning a new dialect, initiating video competition on ”Food Safety, Everyone’s Business”, participating in a writing competition and finally making my submission of the research proposal on on 31-12-2020. Looking back at all those dots of memories and connecting this small dots of memories made me realize, how beautiful a year 2020 has been.
Thank you for reading till the end ❤
PS_Writing this post before 2 days of semester end examination ( ***first draft as well🍒).