One of my theme songs has a line that says “If I ever took a loss I learnt a lesson” and that resonates with me so much, especially since living in China. Most of us have tried something, failed and still decided to try again. One thing for sure though is that we won’t make the same mistake twice…or at least I hope not. As we say goodbye to 2020 and start preparing to enter 2021 I hope that we will use all the lessons gleaned from the hardships and our failures of this year to propel us into our next.
At Black Livity China we wanted to hear from you, our valued readers about what lessons have you learnt throughout the entire ordeal that was 2020. Though 2020 gave us a lot of issues, one must admit that it has left us with some valuable gems. We’ve realized the importance of taking care of our bodies not just physically but mentally. We’ve recognized the importance of family and friends. We can now appreciate the importance of nature and how we’re just a small speck in this big whole universe. 2020 broke, humbled and pushed us. As we step into 2021 I truly believe this will be our year of manifesting and actualising everything we’ve learnt.
What 2020 taught us…
Rina Waligo, Graphic Designer-IBUNO Designs; Shenyang.
Philippians 4:13 I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.
“To thine own self be true” – William Shakespeare (Hamlet)
Chad C.; Jamaica.
2020, the true year of awakening. This year among all others has taught me that life is precious…time is limited and memories are to be cherished. Be grateful for what you already have and be ready to embrace what life is about to give you. Hard times will bring forth the strong character that is within each and every one of us.
Diamond Cole, Teacher; Dongguan.
What I’ve learnt from 2020 is; motherhood is an ultimate blessing, it’s okay to ask for help, my strength is impeccable, always be patient, be positive & trust God.
Delisa, Early Childhood Educator; Beijing.
To complain about something and do nothing is madness.
DacyChinsue, Teacher; Shanghai
My lesson is: Displaced not despondent- there’s beauty, joy and growth in (my) displacement because I had high hopes and was even grateful for being (‘stuck’) in Vietnam.
Kemar A. Brown, Student; Chongqing
2020 caused me to dig deeper in that reservoir of inner resolve.Drawing on hope and faith even more than I’ve done – especially being away and so from the people I love and care for the most. The saying really is true, “you don’t know how strong you are until you have to be strong.”
TinsyMichelle, Owner of Tinsy Designs; Ningbo
You know your real friends when you need a hand out of the gutter. When you are out, guard your heart, peace of mind, health and family dearly. #positiveselfishness
TuMa, Student; Dalian.
What I’ve learnt from 2020 is that we should not always have a plan and should be prepared to just go with the flow.
Kristie Baiden, Owner of Hair Fantasy; Beijing
The most valuable lesson I’ve learnt in 2020 is not to take life too seriously. I’ve been awakened to the realisation that I have little control of the things that happen around me. So instead of worrying excessively, I relax and patiently see things unfold as they should.
And now a word from our team
Runako Celina, Co-founder and Co-manager of Black Livity China; The UK.
This year has forced me to adapt and listen to/trust in the direction I’m being ushered in! China will see me again soon but I’m learning to love each moment of where I am right now.
Shauna-Kay Reeves, Co-manager of Black Livity China, Author and Teacher; Shenyang.
I’ve learnt that life is short. Most of the things that I stress and worry about now truly won’t matter a couple years sometimes even days for now, so I refuse to let anxiety and over-thinking control the way how I live. I’m entering into 2021 trusting that all things are working together for my good and I encourage you all to do the same.
Saron Tamerat, Co-manager of Black Livity China; Ethiopia.
2020 is further proof that existence is pain but we carry on.
Kevin Okai, Student; Guangzhou.
One hustle isn’t going to cut it. Save for no reason, bet and invest in yourself and lastly, just live.
On behalf of the entire Black Livity Team I would like to wish you all a wonderful 2021. We hope the lessons shared here will help you all in some way, shape or form. May it cause you to reflect as you prepare to embark on the adventure that will be 2021. Trusting the process and trusting yourself knowing that all that you need is within.
From us to you, may you have a prosperous 2021 filled with peace, happiness, joy, good health and success!
Shauna Reeves is a Jamaican native currently living and teaching in China creating her own version of "eat, pray, love". A young woman with a curious mind as well as a passionate reader; this is Shauna's first foray into writing. The gift of gab and storytelling is one of those skills passed down from her dad, who used to regale the family with many lores.