The year that everything changed
by Anjani Rama
It’s funny now that we think back on the year 2020 and 2021, where the entire world had to stay locked in their houses and seclude themselves from everything and everyone. How prior to these years, the words “lockdown” and “COVID-19” weren’t even in our day to day vocabulary.
During these 2 years, thousands, no millions of people found their passions. Millions of people started to learn about themselves and what they truly loved to do. People learned to love the smaller and simpler things in life. I happen to be one of them. I used to stay in Res throughout my undergraduate years and I loved the experience because I truly do believe that it has shaped me into the person that I am today. But being able to study from home for majority of last year allowed me to appreciate what is really important, as well as who is really important. One quote I absolutely love is “Every man has two lives, and the second starts when he realizes he has just one” ~Confucius.
And I think I only fully understood that quote after seeing how short life really can be. Last year was a year to understand that not everything in life can be perfect, that sometimes letting go of certain situations is all you would ever need to do. That living in the moment is so important.
Last year was a huge eye opener for me, to show me how capable I am in so many perspectives, and that focusing on my goal and knowing that I am going to achieve it, is already me one step closer to where I want to be.
We all learnt how to work from home, we became part time chefs and pros at Microsoft teams/zoom meetings.
I happened to find a great passion in cooking and baking throughout last year, through the many innovative cooking trends that I happened to hop onto. Some failed attempts, and some family favourites. This passion will hopefully allow me to open my own restaurant/café one day.
I would never have had this opportunity if studying from home wasn’t an option. The year 2021 allowed me to see how much stronger and more capable I am than I think.