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The Top 5 Lessons from 2020

2020 was undoubtedly one of the most difficult years in this generation’s lifetime. Many could have never fathomed a year of so much loss, unknowns, and trouble. The future seemed so bleak and uncertain, like it just wouldn’t get better. However, throughout all of the weariness, there were events that sparked hope and joy in the lives of many. From the progress surrounding the Black Lives Matter Movement, to the historical election win of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris (Howard alum in the house!), to the unity of people from all corners of America to get through the pandemic, there were a lot of takeaways for how people should continue to push through and prosper. Here are five top lessons:


Don’t hold grudges.

2020 reminded many that life is short, and you never know when someone or something could be taken away from you. That means it’s important to not hold grudges against yourself or other people for mistakes. Forgive yourself and those around you and focus on your priorities.

Find what you love and go for it.

A lot of people went through transformations in the period of working from home and invested that time into working on forgotten crafts, side hustles, and their passions. Many of those individuals were reminded that they weren’t doing what they loved. There’s not time to be unhappy in this life, so remind yourself what you love to do and do it.

Take care of yourself.

Invest the time to make sure that you’re healthy, in whatever way works for you! If that means meditating every morning, journaling, binge watching TV, or just watching your diet, then so be it. Make sure that you are 100% on the inside and the outside.

Surround yourself with people who will be there for you.  

It’s important that you carve out the time to check in with your loved ones and friend but make sure that the people around you are checking in on you too. You can’t always give if you are not receiving.

Be kind.

You never know what someone is going through. So many people are fighting silent battles and it’s not for you to add to them. A little smile or kind gesture can go a long way in making someone’s day. Just think about those bad days you’ve had and what you’d have liked to make it better.

Put these lessons in your back pocket and keep them in mind to make 2021 the best year and for you to be the best you possible. Remember that life is short, so make the most of it while you’re here!

Naiima Miller is a sophomore marketing major at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Her love for fashion and beauty helps her to study trends in her culture and on her campus that she hopes to write about for the HerCampus community. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Naiima loves street style, pizza, and Starbucks.
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