I recorded most of this series in December 2019 and started releasing episodes every 3/4 weeks this year so of course, when we were saying “This year is my year!”, we had NO IDEA that Corona was around the corner, waiting to rear its ugly head and disrupt the whole world.
At the end of last year, we were all excited to enter the next decade. Me especially.
On the last day of January 2020, I was already shouting (well, as much as you can shout online!) about how brilliant my year was going – see exciting, hopeful Paula here.
But listen – and listen CAREFULLY – 2020 is still my year. Twenty twenty is still your year. It is still our year!
It’s April. Until it is December 31st, there is still time to have a good year.
I read a Bible plan on the YouVerison app the other day that said: If you’re not dead, God’s not done.
Sounds lowkey morbid but think about it: if you are still here, if you still have breath in your lungs (which I’m assuming you do, unless you’re holding your breath as you read this and if that’s true – BREATHE MATE!), there is still more to the story.
Please don’t throw the towel in because this year isn’t looking like you planned. It doesn’t look like ANYONE planned! But we move.
I for one am making sure that when I look back at this corona season, I am able to see all the good that came out of my life as a result of it. Let me share a few good things for me. Hopefully, they will encourage you:
- Reading more – I’ve got a lovely bookshelf of books that I’ve never had the time to sit and read
- I’m eating healthily – I’ve surprised myself and NOT binged all my quarantine snacks
- I’ve been closer to my siblings and parents – despite self-isolated alone literally across the country from my family, I speak to them every single day. I am very grateful for technology and our weekly Zoom games nights.
- God is always with me – spending time with God has been amazing. Not just during organised times of ‘worship’ but literally in the everyday cracks of my life. While sitting at my desk working. While standing by the microwave waiting for my food to heat up. While washing the dishes. While boiling the kettle for an umpteenth cup of tea. He is with me and I am not alone
- Catching up with my friends on various video chat platforms – it has been great being able to be there for people and have them there for me
- Working from home – while I always say I would much rather sleep days on end, I am very grateful to still have a job and be able to work from home so seamlessly. My boss got me a monitor and all my colleagues have been super supportive, checking up on me more than ever since I’m the youngest and I’m self-isolating alone. So cute.
- Silence, solitude and sleep – I remember saying out loud how I wish I could slow down before all of this happened. I was exhausted y’all, ALL the time because of the many, many, many things I do. Then this happened and for the first time since like Year 9, I’m getting more hours of sleep and rest.
- I’m learning how to take self-portraits – what do you think?!
While this global pandemic is not good, at all, I believe God is still good. I believe this will still be a blessed year. I want to urge you to not give up on this year either.