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2020 is a year of the rat and learnings, and indeed a mess we couldn’t anticipate. The world is rapidly changing, and so are we adapting to the new ways for the better. Nothing is more permanent than change and gorilla glue. So to say, nature has turned into a boss that ruthlessly lays off its workers to keep up with the transition and survive some way. Throughout this time, I have switched countries, houses, friends that never existed and made some funnily permanent choices. And, what a rowdy joyride! Indescribable. A mix of hue and cry. However, this isn’t incredibly significant though, we’re going through bigger stuff.

Humans were always disposable. It’s just that we received a reminder from the noble nature.


Just conscious of myself as a pseudo-monk, I didn’t think I could ever learn more about myself! To my surprise, I read and heard enough sad stuff about how tough life has been due to COVID-19, but what positives can we take from the pandemic, and what has the lockdown taught me? Pouring my broken heart out here, read on to discover 10 Things I learned during the 2020 lockdown. 

1- I realized I can never ever run out of shows to binge, skills to learn, and chores to do. Oh, my god! Do I love it? YAASSSS.

2- I could always go for laughs and share my exploits on the internet which has only amplified during the lockdown. Check out my social media. I have so many interesting stories to tell. You will die laughing. Oh, don’t die, please!

3- I wouldn’t deny that the thought of being friends with squirrels, raccoons, monkeys, bears, and anyone but humans have certainly crossed my mind. I have even thought of even building a squirrel house. Dog houses are so cliché.

4- I chilled out in a beautiful park with no preparation and barely any thought, all while wearing my most fancy dress — for an entire day. Totally the saddest day ever!

5- I was stuffing my face with chips and beer as breakfast after sleeping 5 in the morning and getting up at 8 to attend zoom calls.

6- I have found happiness in simple things in Lifelike meditation! Twas a joke! Got you! I now take pleasure in the stuff lying around my shelves like Maggi, Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai, Samose, Pakode, Aloo Parathe, and flavored milk have turned into my saviours and redeemer.

7- I have always been active and ready to go person. But if needed, I can totally live a sedentary and unhealthy life. If I had to! I can eat and sleep and then eat again. As Bruce Lee said, Be like water, guys.

8- Well, I am now a minimalist. I can absolutely survive in scarcity. For the first three months in Canada during the lockdown, I had only 5 pairs of clothes. No extra footwear, no essentials, nothing! Did it make a difference in happiness levels? Not at all. I don’t think I need to buy too much of anything now. I would rather spend money on food and experiences.

9- I was never the one who needs to be always around people to be happy. Now, I am more sure about it than ever. Being in your own company does wonders for your mental health, self-awareness, and productivity levels.

10- I could always go for laughs and share my exploits on the internet which has only amplified during the lockdown. Never did I ever mind being vulnerable or speaking my mind anywhere or everywhere.

To quote the indomitable Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Concentrating on the negatives of our time spent indoors is all easy. But then again, what we could all use in moments like these, is a good laugh. As you read, I have discovered some unusual things while being cooped up at home. Feel free to share your lockdown experience or 10 Things you learned during the 2020 lockdown and tag me (@femonomic) on your posts.

Looking forward to it. 😊

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Dr Anita Deswal
Dr Anita Deswal

Dr. Anita is the brightest one over here with a PhD. in economics and sociology, and almost everything else. With 10+ years of experience as a professor, she brings expertise, knowledge, and metaphorical analogies to the table. A pro at gender & diversity, the education system, and maths, Anita is a gem of a professional.

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