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2020- The year we needed but didn’t want.

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2020- The year we needed but didn’t want.

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‘A man knows not the true implications of his wishes, until they all come true.’

   Did you ever imagine not having to go to work on some days, or not having to wake up so early to get ready for school, or better still, have you ever imagined a life where you barely had to leave the house? If yes, then 2020 must have been your year. Although, never in a million years did we think ‘We: the so called most advanced civilization’ would have to deal with a pandemic. We have ways of managing almost everything. I remember while taking epidemiology classes in medical school, an epidemic sounded like a possibility, but a pandemic? How? Maybe if it were a bioweapon, and that would kill the targeted group and shortly after a vaccine would be ushered out. Our scientist have us covered, we are safe or we thought we were.

   Days turned to weeks and weeks to months, we roamed the hallways of our homes in pajamas. For a while, resting was a good idea, we enjoyed it, together with binge-watching until death came too close for comfort, shutting everything we knew out.  We clung to social media for a bit of humanity, day after day we lost track of dates. Repeating the same thing over and over, turns out we only wanted to be free. Stuck with the mirror as some took daily trips to the refrigerator, with scales adding positive values, while some joined workout groups. Fine tuning our focus on personal development- a journey with no end.

   We saw people drop dead, one after the other. The number piled up and it suddenly became only numbers- the phenomenon is called Psychic Numbing. Let us test it; A man died last night in a house down your street, it was a tragic accident and sadly his wife died a while back and he’s been the only one taking care of their 5 children. How does that make you feel? Sad? What if I told you about 100 people lost their lives last night in a fire incident at the hair factory. Oh wait, it’s not 100 but 104. How does that make you feel? Sad? Indifferent?

Apparently, we humans find it difficult to merge emotions with large numbers, thereby desensitizing the situation.

   A while after, we woke up stronger. We tried our best to shut the door on death and realized we’ve been living uncomfortably. We embraced the new normal, and tried our best to make it work.

   For once, we stood together and united. We stepped out for change, although some also stepped out for the satisfaction of being in a space filled with other humans in large numbers. If only we truly acknowledged how much we need one another, wouldn’t it be a better world?

   We fought but the battle wasn’t one to win. We found out the sad truth, we lost more sisters and brothers. Being faced with an outrageous degree of brutality orchestrated by those who are meant to protect us. We froze, realizing our work was way more than we thought.

   Do you remember the time when our voices became one, when accountability was the order of the day, when the shadows of religion or tribe didn’t lurk behind us? Do you remember how unity felt? You can’t afford to forget.

   The year is almost over, questions of achievements are being asked but this year is one that ends with just one accolade and one question. You survived, you fought, you thrived, you won!!

  What did you learn? I hope you learnt that asides everything that you think makes us different, we are all the same and we are all headed to one destination- death. Irrespective of any boundaries between us, we all have the same machinery in us.

  The latest news of the mutated strain of Covid-19 might be nothing to be alarmed about but its important we put our safety at the forefront of all the festivities. Maybe 2021 ends it all, maybe it will be the sequel of 2020. Who knows? It’s a huge reminder to live fully in every single moment, and as you know, we are all in this together.

   In addition, as we step into the new year, let’s choose love, it costs you and I nothing. If you are on the goal setting team, keep it up. And if you are on the free style team, you are doing great. Irregardless, we must keep in mind that though it’s a new year, it’s the same old you except you put in the work to make the changes you want.

 

Wishing you a happy new year.

                                           

Love and Light,

Mariam Alayande.

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Mariam Alayande

Mariam Alayande is a writer and poet. She started writing at the age of 9. Some of her articles have been published in a couple of magazines and books and is increasingly gaining more recognition.

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  1. Paul December 31, 2020

    Thanks for this Mariam

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    1. Mariam Alayande January 2, 2021

      Thank you for reading Paul, have a wonderful year!

      Reply
  2. Inibehe December 31, 2020

    Wonderful…
    You’re doing well, great writer

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    1. Mariam Alayande January 2, 2021

      Thank you for reading, you are highly appreciated!

      Reply

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