I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that 2020 has been the weirdest, craziest, scariest, most existentially-challenging, emotionally-draining year of my life.
A lot of bad things have happened and, at times, whilst caught in a Matrix-style existential mindset, I’ve become convinced that I’ve probably been living in an unpublished Lemony Snicket novel without being aware of it.
The whole year has felt like an extension of that strange period between Christmas and New Year when you lose all track of time and end up eating an excessive amount of chocolate whilst engaging in a nostalgic Julie Andrews movie marathon because you’ve forgotten your purpose in life, there’s nothing else to do and at least Julie seems happy about things.
It takes one crazy year to mess with both the foundations of society and the concept time itself and it’s a bit weird to think that it’s coming to an end, almost like stepping out of some surreal alternate reality.
Months, weeks and days have melded into one another and become one long unstructured mass of time and, looking back, it’s hard to believe that I’ve achieved anything or done anything significant.
As a result, I thought it would be useful to write a post to remind myself that I have done some things this year, aside from of sitting on a sofa in my oldest tattiest hoody, staring into the existential abyss whilst stoically making my way through a family size bag of Doritos.
LIST OF 2020 ACHIEVEMENTS SOME THINGS I’VE DONE
- Survived 365 surreal, weird, stressful 2020 days.
2. Watched several of Boris Johnson’s ‘addressing the nation’ speeches and only considered punching the TV once or twice (exhibiting considerable emotional control).
3. Recovered from a spiraling Amazon addiction after realising that buying loads of things to help with stress (candles, incense sticks, meditation journals etc.) was only making me more stressed about the state of the high street and also the state of my bank account.
4. Managed to keep in touch with most of my friends, despite being confronted with my own face on Zoom more than I would have liked.
5. Didn’t shave my legs for the entirety of Lockdown 1.0.
6. Didn’t wear a bra for the entirety of Lockdown 1.0.
7. Briefly considered wearing a bra when going to the supermarket…
8. … and then didn’t (I’m sure that’s feminism or something… and by ‘something’ I mean extreme laziness).
9. Became closer to nature by taking lots of relaxing walks in the park.
10. Became closer to my dogs by taking several distinctly less relaxing walks in the park.
11. Ran out of perfume and avoided buying more from Amazon by discovering a cheaper alternative.
12. Learnt to juggle (3 balls, not general life responsibilities)
13. Shaved my brother’s head and briefly considered becoming a barber. #RethinkReskillReboot
14. Resisted a sudden impulsive urge to shave my own head whilst bored and looking for something to do.
15. Briefly tried to eat more healthily to counter an increased amount of sedentary sofa time but then decided that it was a difficult time and I deserved to treat myself.
16. Did yoga like 10 times and only broke one item of furniture in the process.
17. Discovered a brand new way of burning calories.
18. Discovered a new comeback that has proved useful for whenever I get yelled at by groups of youths in the street.
19. Got bored and built a really tall tower out of used toilet rolls.
20. Took up mindfulness and meditation and stuck with it even though my body seemed intent on conspiring against me.
21. Survived several mental breakdowns.
23. Had more time to write and draw (it may have been an awful year but at least I’ve got a few decent cartoons out of it!)
All in all, I may have entered 2020 with a fresh rush of energy and a resolve to strive to become the best version of myself that I possibly could be. And I may now be ending it by dragging a significantly less impressive version of myself towards the finish line.
But, all things considered, I reckon that is the biggest achievement I could have hoped for.