The year that was…


Grappling with the virus for a couple of years now, we are still trying to understand its variants and mutations. Scientists around the world are working tirelessly to bring in a panacea of sorts. While the vaccine does mitigate the effect of the attack, convincing the masses to take the jab, has also been a daunting task. Every time we seem to tread towards a semblance of normalcy, a new strain comes out, causing dread among the people.

Plans went awry, virtual and online modes became a way of life, mental health challenges came to the fore, sealed borders kept family members away, livelihoods were lost, dreams crushed… life derailed for many. The world experienced devastating effect of the virus. While we heard many endearing instances of people fight a brave battle against the invisible enemy, death knocked on the doors for many. The medical fraternity rising above their call of duty with relentless service, the common man joining hands together to garner help in every way possible was truly heartwarming, filling us with the hope that not all is lost. Man has learnt to accept, adapt and bounce back with resilience.

A cauldron of emotions flowed out during the year. Pain, agony, grief, heartbreak, fear and anxiety dominated our lives. Yet, on the other hand, bravery, kindness, empathy and selfless helping hands also rose up, adding a silver lining to the otherwise bleak scenario.

As we get ready to bid adieu to 2021, I look back at the year that it was and move forward with my learnings from it.

The pandemic definitely taught us to be prepared for unpredictability. Going by man’s callous attitude towards the environment, the frenzied pace at which he seems to be devouring the resources of the planet, volatility could just become a part of life. We need to brace ourselves with it.

Health is a priority. Invest in it, indulge in self-care, exercise without excuses. Make” balance and moderation” a key motto in life.

 Each new dawn we wake up breathing, is a precious gift. Appreciate the gift of today, be mindful of the blessings it showers on us and lace it with a prayer of gratitude.

We create excess baggage in life, burdening ourselves with never ending desires and frivolous wants. The pandemic taught us that one can lead a very comfortable life, being a minimalist.

Seek happiness in little joys, befriend a positive attitude, contribute to sustainability, lend a helping hand, stay away from all forms of toxicity and cherish the love and blessings of family and friends.

Finally reflect within. Along with material wealth, enrich your soul with spiritual growth as well.

As I type this, the Omicron strain is gripping the world at large. Hoping that the effect of this strain, will not be as bad as its predecessor.

Here is wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2022! Take care and stay safe !


42 thoughts on “The year that was…”

  1. Do not worry about the variants anymore. They are going to stay in some form or other for sometime. And makes this times one of the best to become fitter, healthier, a little more private, growing in mediation, in silence, in quietness. Thank you for being around Radhika. I wish a beaut. peaceful year for all of us.

    Narayan x

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  2. Even a new year note, in your words, sounds extremely poetic and rhythmic, Mam. Very beautifully penned. The pandemic has taught us so much and you have expressed that incredibly. It has taught us to deal with uncertainty, minimalism, self/reliance and also, to be more grateful for what we have.
    Delightful post, Mam.
    Wishing you and yours a fabulous new year! 💖

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  3. A beautiful reflection of the present year Radhika. I am sure the past two years had been very tough and somehow we sailed across. Wish and hope that there is light at the end of tunnel.
    Wish you a very happy new year. Keep inspiring us with your writings.

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  4. The pandemic has shaken us from our slumber and brought us face to face with the grave realities of life…we wanted control, we thought we are supreme (some of us still think so), just a reality check in Kaliyuga…
    This is the price we are paying for the hurt and stress we’ve caused to the planet in the name of advancement and development.
    All we can do is connect with ourselves, with people and be there for each other at this time of distress…
    Wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy and beautiful New year 2022 💞🎉

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    1. Well said Deepika. It is a huge price we are paying for our errant ways. Sadly we don’t seem to learnt a lesson from this.
      We can only hold on to hope and move on. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.


  5. Radhika, I always enjoy your well-written poetry. This post proves you to be a talented essayist as well. I appreciate your very balanced analysis of 2021. Your advice for 2022 is thoughtful and practical. May 2022 bring health, happiness, and peace to our beleaguered world! ❤

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  6. You gave perfect words, described very well how we have all felt throughout these years of virus, the awareness needed for what we are doing to the environment, how we are or aren’t learning what our priorities are. It is truly precious to have each day to wake up to in health and wellbeing. I appreciate you writing this post so eloquently.

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