2020 has been a year like no other. In this article, disability blogger Sarah Alexander looks back at the small successes of last year and writes on how she’s planning on having a more positive outlook in 2021.
Now more than ever it is important to appreciate the small things; those little moments that would have otherwise gone unnoticed or not made such an impact before. With 2020 forcing us to put pause on our lives, we can reflect on what really matters and try to focus on the positives. Understandably, during this incredibly difficult time that is not always easy.
Small acts of kindness
I have always been someone that values all small acts of kindness; a text from a friend I’ve not spoken to in a while, someone opening a door for me, receiving a compliment. It’s so easy to do and yet a lot of these gestures usually go unnoticed, especially before the pandemic. Life has slowed down significantly, and these tiny moments can mean everything to someone, can make their day and boost their mood. As we’re living through this current crisis, sending someone, even a stranger, good vibes can be monumental to their mental health. We have absolutely no idea what other people are going through so being kind and supportive is paramount.
We have shown that even in the most challenging of times, communities can come together and care for each other. And although it is so easy to feel disconnected to the outside world there is always some way you can brighten someone else’s day, often without leaving the comfort of your own home. Why not order a takeaway for your neighbour or buy an e-gift card to cheer up a friend? Leave a thank you note for your postal worker or organise a group video chat. These small things often make the biggest difference to someone and often inspire kindness in others setting off a domino effect.
Friends and family
Being disabled, I have not had to adapt my life too much when it comes to our current living situation, but I am certainly missing being in the company of friends and family. As much as I speak to them via video chat and messaging platforms, it’s not the same as being in the same room. And I certainly miss giving my nephew a big, head-popping cuddle.
Sarah staying positive
Before Covid-19, due to flare-ups and other health problems, I’d sometimes go weeks, if not months isolated and this has taught me to always appreciate the small things. There’s nothing that cheers me up more when I am really struggling than my nephew FaceTiming me and chatting away, or my friend sending me an unexpected message letting me know that they are thinking of me.
While this is undoubtedly a worrying time for everyone, acts of kindness and appreciation have been on the rise as people are going above and beyond for their neighbours. Hopefully this compassion and consideration continues far beyond the virus.
Here’s hoping for a better 2021. Stay safe.
Read more from Sarah at www.fromsarahlex.com