Looking for Mid-Year Meaning
Updated: Apr 26, 2021
Checking in halfway through 2020
In the past, I’ve usually done a self check-in post around this time of year, looking at how far I’d come in my goals and what I still hoped to work on in the second half of the year. Needless to say, so far 2020 has been very different from how any of us could have imagined.
Truthfully, back in January I never made any solid resolutions or even drew up my 2020 vision board as I had in the past. In ways, that has saved me from some of the disappointment of not having had this year go the way I had planned, although there’s no denying the ups and downs of this year have impacted me, my loved ones, relationships and work.
Resolutions or not, now that we are halfway through 2020, it feels easy to just wish the rest of the year away so that we can be done with the discomfort. But when the disappointment and distraction of sensational news, failed aspirations, and trying times start to fade, we’re still left to face ourselves. When the year becomes a memory , we’ll know more about how we handle stress, change, and calls to action, how we deal with being out of control of the world around us, and how we pick ourselves up when we are down.
There’s been a poem shared often this year by Leslie Dwight .
"What if 2020 isn’t cancelled?
What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for?
A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw — that it finally forces us to grow.
A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber.
A year we finally accept the need for change. Declare change. Work for change. Become the change.
A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart.
2020 isn’t canceled, but rather the most important year of them all."
We may have not hit our goals, we may have had our dreams sidelined or completely derailed, we may be struggling with uncertainty like never before—maybe that right there is our 2020 lesson. Let’s get what we can from 2020, give what we can, learn, grow, and dance all the way through the second half of the year.