We all know 2020 was a year like no other and that it was a defining year for humankind.
So, what have we learned from the Year 2020?
It perhaps taught us to appreciate the little things in life we used to ignore, things we had taken for granted like friends shaking hands and hugging family members, or as simple as giving a smile at someone.
Or the value of having conversations with others, the importance of overcoming your blind side, and realizing that your inner voice can help others that your narrative can inspire someone.
The Message is Clear
What is the world trying to tell us? I think we are being told to check in and revisit our values.
It was another post lockdown day – scrolling through my Facebook posts, I saw this new normal expression of emotions through a post where my aunt mentioned how overwhelmed she felt when she saw empty shops even on sale day! Is it how lonely the world will become?
I felt through the depression or the sense of loneliness as she could not find someone to smile at in between the trials of different items in that shop. In the year 2020, many things have changed, the perspective of eating, shopping, playing, school, work, and whatnot
But, maybe, 2020 is the year we have been waiting for, what if?
Some years ago, a lot was looking forward to the year 2020. A lot of milestones have been set for 2020. Vision 2020. The horizon, as clear as it should be.
Yet, 2020 came as a surprise. From a gauge of “something” of a worthy milestone to a year of “nothing” but fear and uncertainty. Vision 2020 has been seen not of clarity but obscurity.
But I think you can agree that 2020 is not merely towards oblivion.
The Year 2020 was a year so uncertain, rough, troubled, uneasy, anxious, nervous, and scary; a force so strong -that it drives us to expand, develop, and thrive.
The year has somehow defined a value worth keeping. The year 2020 has made its point. It has delivered the message as it should be- that instead of seeing it as disastrous, let us think of how we can help and become part of a positive change; And we can start by listening to our inner voice.
Revisiting What Matters Most
As I reflect on the year that was, I realized unlearning and unpacking of thoughts are necessary and revisiting things that matter most and the mindset within myself that have served as my anchor.
I have done lots of reading and lately have been talking to some of my mentors and colleagues, which have reminded me of ways I’ve been ignoring and sort of unplugging myself from my purpose and oblivious to my privilege.
I have always used my voice in ways I can and have ever spoken up about what I believe in and voiced my opinion, even when I feared backlash.
How Listening To Your Inner Voice Makes You More In Tune With Motherhood
Mainly, This year made me more in tune with what I want and the kind of world I want my children to live in.
I was detached for a while. I was remote and distant from what I’d like this world to be and what role I play in shaping it, beyond selfishness and afar materialism.
Half of the time, it made me think and asked: What am I as a mother when given all the access? Who am I when I am uninfluenced? Will I let you know my innermost thoughts If I had no fear of being judged? What will be my views If I had no fear of criticism. What am I afraid of? What do I believe at my core? What has the “All-Powerful One” entrusted me with? Yes, that one too?
The year made us consume more social media content and spent more time on the Internet than we have in a long time. With too much consuming-that, I get distracted from checking in, forget where I stand, and deviate from figuring out how to move forward.
How the Year 2020 has changed and how we do many things.
I have also spent a while thinking about all the differences from how things were in February last year, but it’s hard to believe that we’ve lived different lives in the same year.
The need to pause is a must. Try to contemplate and find your voice to tune into yourself and take steps from a place of alignment.
Ways To Tuning Into Your Inner Voice
- I start by creating STILLNESS
You can call this creating a sense of calm to connect to your voice. You will discover that you’re able to think better when you’re surrounded by uninterrupted peace. Some activities that have always worked for most people are meditation, yoga, prayer, and journaling. All you have to do is find a quiet area and let your thoughts flow.
- Visualize what you want
When trying to find your inner voice and use it, you need to be as direct as possible. Vague descriptions will only be confusing. What kind of world would you want to live in? Imagine it. Draw vivid images of what the world needs from you. This will help you understand how to use your voice to stand up for what you believe in. Create a mental image of what you want as a mother or as a woman.
- Write them down and practice
At that moment of uncertainty, it’s easy to withdraw and retreat into silence. It’s a feeling I’m all-too-familiar with myself. That moment of fear that you would say the wrong thing. Or feeling like your voice doesn’t matter.
But it does. Don’t let perfectionism get in the way of using your voice. Speak up on what you’re passionate about and let how you feel guide you to get better. Using your voice is not only about talking. You can put it to work in writing, using your right to vote, donate, volunteer, and sign petitions.
Instead of running away from uncomfortable conversations, let your voice serve as a guiding light. Despite the possibilities of deafening silence, rebuttal, or criticism, your voice may be what they need to see a different opinion and learn something new.
Find your voice, own it, and use it; Your voice has power.
How can you use your voice more?
Journal if you may; It’s one thing to discover how to use your voice and another thing to practice it. You should share your voice with others. Even writing a book can touch someone’s life.
Everyone’s story can be important to others. Just take a look at how 2020 was a defining year for the world. People were scared and anxious. Maybe it was the year we all needed. A year that drove everyone to unite and take care of one another.
Your voice can be that important beacon that helps others as we start our long journey towards normalcy. So, how can you use your voice to touch lives and be a source of motivation? We could really use a lot of that.
Here are some prompts for your journal:
- Have you ever ignored your inner voice? If yes, what did you learn from this experience?
- What do you think you have to use your voice to speak up on more? How can you be more confident in voicing your thoughts?
These questions are to guide you as you learn how to use your voice. When you finally master it, you’ll discover how fulfilling it is. How much it encourages you to be in tune with the kind of world you want to live in.
Keep staying safe, as I look forward to your feedback!
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