Monday, October 25, 2021

Dear 2020

Dear 2020,

It’s that time of the year where we reflect on how the year has been to us. You were different and unique. 

To tell you the truth, I feel for you. When it was your turn to step in and roll out the days for us to make memories, I was happy. No, I was thrilled. Because 2020 – what a beautiful rhyming year. It could be the pattern lover in me or the number adorer in me or the poet in me, but I was waiting for your arrival and to create some beautiful memories with you for the years to come. 

But you were different. 

You had lessons to share. 

More than we mere mortals could handle.

Yet, my heart wallows in pain when I hear people curse you because 2020 wasn’t anything anybody expected. 

Our world unified under one umbrella- the pandemic stomping the streets and pushing the people to shelter inside their homes. 

Loved ones forced to stay apart to keep each other safe. 

Mask up to stop the spread of the disease. 

The ironies, I am not sure if everyone gets it. 

Human life is valuable. Taking care of one another can be done from a distance too. The physical distance can be mitigated by human kindness always. 

Yet, there among us are those who barely learned any lesson at all. 

I’m sorry 2020, you have been treated unkindly. You have become a synonym of all things wrong. 

I had hopes for you. I’m sorry my hopes turned out to be a fool’s dream. 

I was also upset with you when things suddenly took a drastic change – kids at home, husband working from home, and I, left with no space or time to myself. 

But I learned soon to adapt and be resilient. I learned to be my own person. I carved my me-time and did all I could, maybe more than I would have if there was no pandemic. 

I know I’m one of those lucky ones, the privileged ones. 

I am choosing to believe that no matter how ridiculously insane you turned out to be there was something, a silver lining, left behind for all of us in some form. 

I might remember you as a difficult year for all of us humans. But whenever I can I will remember you for the lessons you taught us. 

The accomplishments I made this year are nothing in front of the resilience you taught me.

So, for that, I thank you, 2020. 

You gave us all the same puzzle and we put up with it as we could, using the resources we had, even cultivated some new skills meanwhile – you taught us that we can. 

I am sorry that you came across as a difficult one.

Joining Corinne at Everyday Gyaan with these lessons taught by 2020.


An IT Professional, an author, an accidental blogger, a lover of words and a recent self-care addict. I love stringing words together, which I lovingly call a poem. You can read my affair with words at Void Thoughts( and Reflections..(

7 thoughts on “Dear 2020

  1. If ‘2020, the Year’ could read your letter, Vini, it would have felt both ashamed of itself as well as proud of itself–for the tough times it brought along with at and the ensuing lessons. And, happy, as well, that there are people who like to look at the silver linings and not just grumble about the ominous clouds.
    So beautifully expressed!

  2. It’s been a year!! Taught us true love, companionship, self-sufficiency.. taught us to love ourselves a little more and to treat ourselves with a little more kindness 🙂
    It’s been a year of lessons!
    Beautifully expressed 🙂

  3. What a year it’s been, of losses and learnings.
    Lovely note to 2020. I am sure your letter has gone through to the universe.

    Have a blessed 2021, Vinitha.

  4. I loved your post, Vinitha! So so beautifully written…and the note to the Universe isn’t a complaint at all to me. In fact, you summed up so perfectly how it turned out to be almost like us humans—flawed, difficult at times, grumpy, angry and yet, leaving us with something good in the form of those tough life lessons that we wouldn’t have had otherwise.

    I have to say, most of all, I loved your innate sense of optimism when you said—”I am choosing to believe that no matter how ridiculously insane you turned out to be there was something, a silver lining, left behind for all of us in some form.”

    Let’s hope and pray that 2021 gives us a breather and some respite. Stay safe and take care, dear. 🙂

  5. Its true there are many who didn’t learn a bit from this situation ..I loved how you put it all philosophically. Yes, there’s a silver lining and hoping the world would be a better place

  6. I would definitely remember this year and talk of it expressing how we have come up with new possibilities ony because the time made us do. When all this could be real then anything more can be managed with same courage.

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