2020 has been a major drag and presented some unforeseen challenges. The Covid-19 year has trapped us all in the ‘uncertainty’ cage and left us anxious about the future. For many of us, this has been an incredibly challenging and a life-changing year. Most people around the world had to deal with sudden deaths and job losses. Trust me bro, from every situation, there is knowledge to be garnered.
For better or worse, 2020 has changed us. And now, looking back, we can see all the lessons we’ve learned. This year gave most of us an opportunity to slow down, do some deep thinking around our lives and our commitment to things we care deeply about.
It has been a tough year, but behind the suffering Manbox picks out five ways in which 2020’s chaos could foster positive change.
Everyone should have a side hustle
Whether you only lost 10% of your income or got retrenched — it’s important to have a side hustle. I’m talking about the kind of hustle that generates some little bit of guap. The days of merely relying on one income are over. My guy, have your seen the food prices lately? Perhaps it’s about time you open that online shop, launch that catering business you’ve always wanted or start looking for freelance opportunities.
Emergency fund is king
Nothing sucks more than to go into debt or have to sell your prize possessions to survive. And, it’s little bit too late to regret all the guap you’ve blown at the beginning of the year. It’s OK if you lived the entire 2020 on survival mode — take the lesson and ditch the shame. The way to live now is having a backup plan for rainy days. Who knows what 2021 has in store for us? If things get more tougher, at least you’ll have 3-6 moths’ worth of living expenses put away.
Embracing uncertainty is also about putting your ducks in a row. I mean, have a solid plan and stick to it, or at least have courage to ask yourself “is this important or not”. Sure, before Covid-19 you had a flexible budget and a ‘catch-up’ just in case you overspend — ditch that habit and start saving. 2020 has given us space a lot of space to reset our priorities.
Mental health is golden
Bro, it’s important to practice radical self-care, and this doesn’t simply mean long showers or collecting stuff to boost your ego. This is about being patient and kind to yourself. Emotional and mental health is important because it’s a vital part of your life and impacts your thoughts, behaviours and emotions. Being healthy emotionally can promote productivity and effectiveness in all spheres of your life.
Family is everything
If you have people in your life (blood related or not) that you regard as family then consider yourself fortunate. It’s important to have your own tribe — I’m not talking about your followers on social media. Covid-19 has brought a sense of ‘ubuntu’ and us relying on each other. That lesson is definitely for keeps!
Perhaps 2020 treated you like a king or kept you like a hostage – what are the lessons you have learnt?