As we all know, 2020 has not been what we expected at the beginning of it. So many firsts for the modern civilization that we live in.
So many losses, too.
I’m one of the lucky ones, since I didn’t lose anyone from my close circles and family members. I also have been working remotely even before the pandemic, so my life hasn’t really changed except that I couldn’t work at cafes.
How was my 2020?
This year, I used ‘make more mistakes’ as my mantra. It worked really well. I even wrote a long post back in June to recap the things I’ve learned until that point. I learned to draw, draw digitally, paint, and dance.
After that post, I also learned to cook and bake more. I baked my first cake. I baked cookies, made pancakes.
In short, I celebrated my creativity.
I did all of them on top of my Miracle Morning routine, so I still exercised and journaled and read books almost every day.
This brings me to my next point.
I read 36 books this year! To compare that with my previous years, I read 26 books in 2018 and 29 books in 2019.
I shared my favorites from this year in this tweet:
During the quarantine, I also learned to be okay with feeling bored. I spent even more time with my family (my parents are always home, but now my sister also doesn’t go to her campus), and read so many books.
I published 23 posts on this blog this year, most of which were from the time I was writing weekly, from April to August. It’s so impressive, I still couldn’t believe I’ve done it👏
Lastly, I finally had the opportunity to apply the investing philosophies I have learned since Q4 of 2019. I witnessed my first ever stock market crash this year, because when the 2008 crash happened I was 12. I experienced firsthand what Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham said about investing. To be greedy when others are fearful. When I saw my portfolio went down, instead of panicking and selling them, I bought more.
What will I do in 2021?
Seeing the success of my mantra next year, I will do my resolution for next year with the same approach. This time, it’s ‘be patient’.
I like rushing things. I like checking things off my to-do list. I like learning new things and then applying them right away the next day. I tend to shy away from complex things.
But I know that not everything in this world works this way. There are some things that only pay off after you give a significant amount of time and energy into them. This is what my mom has told me countless times, that there are things that require patience.
So that’s why. I want to be more patient with myself and others.
With myself, meaning that I shouldn’t rush things, and I should learn to be comfortable with waiting and being bored. I should trust the process. I also assume that this will come in handy whenever I learn something new or start a project, because then I’ll be more resilient in facing whatever challenges I may have.
And from being patient with others, I hope that I will listen more. I hope that I can sympathize better with elders like my grandparents, and also with people from different cultures or just people that think differently than I do.
This last bit is especially important for my next stage in life, grad school in Salzburg and then Copenhagen which starts next February! I’m excited about getting back to studying and taking notes, but what I’m most excited about is making friends with the people in my class. There are 27 other students coming from almost 20 different countries(!!) and we already communicated through group texts and video calls, I can’t wait to meet them all in person.
That’s all for now. Happy New Year, I hope 2021 will be kinder to all of us🥂