Just before I share with you some of my most perfectly-obtained lessons from 2020, I first want to say thank you to every person and just about every condition that permitted me to do better this yr, indeed even COVID19. Talking of coronavirus, I want to inquire you to be a part of me in getting a 30 seconds pause in honor of all the departed souls snatched by this pandemic.
2020 was meant to have been my perfect vision. Ok so I didn’t hope almost everything to go the way I experienced planned it, but heck I also didn’t count on all the things to go haywire and off-monitor both. For individuals of us that manufactured it and are nevertheless below, we are no unique than individuals who didn’t. I share the ache of those people who shed organizations and possibilities, and once again even of these who grieving their lost.
Today’s day is December 30, 2020, it is a Wednesday, there is already a vaccine for COVID19, but there is also a newer and a lot more virulent pressure of this virus that is criss crossing its way all-around the world like Abedi Pele dribbling a ball on a area. There are individuals leery of this new vaccine, and then there are individuals of you who let me do what I get pleasure from — electronic storytelling.
Allow me to thank all my audience and supporters across the globe immensely for journeying with me on my electronic storytelling train. Many thanks to you we wrote and shared remarkable stories [a few of them were told in video too], all of which greatly influenced me, opened my eyes to the alternatives the foreseeable future provides when one particular surrounds by themselves and their thoughts with positivity, persistence, and dedication.
If 2020 didn’t split you it does not indicate you are much too tough, be thankful for life
If there’s nearly anything I have learnt from 2020 then it is these two matters: that no subject how energized you are by a beneficial psychological perspective, there is some thing that can split you into pieces like you ended up absolutely nothing and go away you gasping for hope. The 2nd detail? Perfectly it is that it is Okay to tumble and fail, for the most effective way to the major is constantly from the bottom, you just have to be humble and human sufficient to request assistance and keep in mind why you went down.
Hope is a fantastic point, and it is what I received from the cases and folks that allowed me to tell their stories, in a way they were being aiding me make sense of this pandemic and myself. Most of the tales I told prior to lockdown painted a clearer photograph of how blessed I was to be able to do the matters I did. Like this January 2020 piece about Masao Meroe, an African-American who experienced freshly acquired his Ghanaian citizenship. It made me more appreciative being Ghanaian, something I occasionally took for granted.
Masao’s story was my 2nd of a 3-piece-crafting journey I took about a period of 3 months to find what it felt like for foreigners getting Ghanaian citizenship. Unbeknownst to me, I was likely to go on a different journey of crafting sequence that I would title ‘Heroes of COVID-19′ that will seize the tales of establishments and people who ended up bringing pleasure in their little approaches to people straddled in front of a pandemic that had only begun to display its genuine ugliness.
‘Heroes of COVID-19’ began in April 2020 and at the time of crafting this piece, it experienced featured 12 persuasive tales of men and women throughout Africa and the globe that adjusted my viewpoint on everyday living by itself. There are so many more this sort of people out there that I am hunting ahead to writing about in 2021.
The one lesson I wished I experienced realized before in 2020 was the art of slowing down, I want I had taken a lot more time to gradual down, offered myself a lot more breaks, even if to just do some vegging out. It is Okay to do that also, often it is not just Alright to pause, but to wholly come to a halt, and appreciate what everyday living and nature have to give — that way you may well be blessed plenty of to explore the gifts inside you that are waiting to fill somebody else up.
What I didn’t discover well in 2020 that will prepare me for 2021
I do not know what 2021 has to supply, but I know regardless of what it is, I am taking it with the classes from 2020 and environment myself up to do greater by studying to not ignore the classes of the hustle so I can glance at the bigger photograph. Ghanaian digital marketer and consultant Edward Asare did just that. He reminded me of the simple fact that who you are is not where by you are, relatively who you are is what is inside you, and so long as you’re nurturing it, you will flourish anywhere.
Edward reported to me all through one particular of the couple of situations that I interviewed him “In the village, I just figured out to settle for myself, but not my predicament. I gave anything that I did my all, realizing that it was going to pay back off 1 working day. I on the other hand didn’t be expecting that day to arrive at this time, specially amidst a pandemic. I have been humbled by all…”
My title is Oral Ofori, I am a Ghanaian-American electronic storyteller, and an information and interaction exploration media advisor with about a ten years and a fifty percent of knowledge telling the tales of Africans and how they positively impression the globe. Thank you 2020 for all the stories you assisted me tell, for supporting me acknowledge the styles I need to fully grasp to do superior in 2021.
Delighted New Yr in progress. Now 2021 allows get completely ready to RUMBLE, there are so lots of more tales waiting to be informed!
Penned by Oral Ofori