3 things 2020 taught and I happily learnt.

3 things 2020 taught and I happily learnt.

For almost all of us, the year 2020 has made a huge difference in our lives. Some positive, some negative but the year 2020 has been eventful for the world as a whole. 

Some of us suffered the loss of jobs and education came to a staggering halt. But for others, new opportunities opened up. Like the single mother whose husband died of covid 19 who now sells pickle and masalas (powdered spices) through her WhatsApp groups and Instagram page. Or the youth who was supposed to pursue the college of his dreams but to support his family had to join his father at his garage. 

All in all, this year has been a roller coaster. Contrary to what other people think, I would call 2020 my best year so far, solely on the basis of personal growth and self-realizations that I’ve had so far.

things 2020 year taught me

Here are a few of the lessons that 2020 taught and I happily learnt. 

1. You are more than you think. 

So before the pandemic, I used to detest this platform called Instagram. I thought it was only for people who like to give a sneak peek of their life to the world. (P.s I like to keep my personal life private). So I never bothered thinking it was just another way to waste my time.

Next, I had no idea about the blogging world. I had bought a domain, named it and everything. But never worked on it. Writing was an undiscovered passion of mine hidden under time constraints and workload. 

I was a regular listener of podcasts but never thought of making one. I mean who does? Until the day when my husband said I have a good voice and I should use it. I am a terrible singer so the next option where I could use my voice was creating content in audio format. Enter Podcasting. 

I was never shy of the camera, but creating video content never crossed my mind. Video editing and recording require a set of skills and expertise with a dash of creativity. Something that I had never even heard of. This year was a total game-changer for me. 

I put life into my dead and dormant Instagram account Doctormommyspeaks and with constant posting and focusing on providing valuable content, reached 13k+ followers, which was huge for me. All within a year. 

Simultaneously, I learnt the technical know-how of setting up a website and started working on it. What came as a boon was Blogchatter’s MyFriendAlexa campaign. I got to learn so many things from the industry’s best bloggers and got to interact with them first-hand. It required sheer hard work and resilience, especially with two toddlers running around the house. It was a great learning experience. 

I breathed a sigh of relief at the end of September but the boost in rankings was so motivating. From ranking 35 lacs internationally, my website was ranked under 3 lac at the end of the month. All the reading and writing paid off and now I am desperately waiting for the next season. 

After a lot of procrastination, Doctormommyspeaks Parenting Podcast finally happened after months and months of research, learning and unlearning. The technicalities associated with starting a podcast and running it, were intimidating, to say the least. Especially for someone like me who wasn’t so tech-savvy. Fortunately, I could grasp them well and the process came naturally to me after a few months.

The most difficult part was to invite experts from all over the world- USA, UK, Canada, India, etc to come and feature on my podcast. They were really friendly and gave some amazing insights. My aim was to provide a one-stop to all problems related to parenting and health. 

So far we have had Gynecologists, Psychologists, Paediatricians, Parenting experts, Nutritional therapists, Mothers with first hand experience, Parent counsellors, Developmental Psychologists, Physicians, Gastroenterologist and Hepatologists, etc and each one of these episodes has been a treasure trove of information and knowledge. 

Today, Doctormommyspeaks Parenting Podcast ranks 11th in the top 25 parenting podcasts of 2020 and rank 6th in parenting podcasts in India according to Apple podcast charts. 

My latest and proudest venture has been my Graphy. It’s a video book/course on graphy, a sister app of Unacademy. 

“The Secret Society Called Parenting”

-From toddler’s to teens. 
Graphy app co.

In this Graphy I have covered everything from “thing’s no one tells you when you get pregnant” to “anger issues in teenagers”. If you are a mom to be or a parent already, this graphy is perfect to give you a glimpse of what labour and parenting look like. Here I provide practical solutions, with examples that are in line with modern parenting problems and trends. 

I also am a contributing author for an anthology “Reflections of the mortal mind” which is available on amazon and notion press website.

2. Health is the most important wealth one can possess as an individual. 

Having lost two of my close relatives to both Covid and Non-covid related medical emergencies, I got to see the current health care system from the other side of the counter. 

Being a Physician my work didn’t stop amidst the pandemic. I was well aware of the grim situation of our already overburdened health care system. But the difficulties that one has to face when you are on the patient’s side, it’s a different paradigm altogether. 

The rush for securing a bed, trips to various hospitals, getting tests done and desperately waiting for each report. 

This has been a humbling experience. I got to learn how to be empathetic towards my patients and as a physician, that’s the biggest lesson I could ask for. 

Lessons 2020 has taught me.

3. Time is an indespensable commodity. 

For a brief time period, I got to experience what family time feels like. Yet another thing that the pandemic bought. The amount of bonding and memories we created was simply priceless. The routines, the hours spend cooking elaborate dishes in the kitchen, the board games and the night long talks.

This year has truly been the most eventful year in terms of personal as well as public life for all of us as a community. One thing that has united us as humans against one virus.

This blogpost is a part of SpeakEasy Blogging Challenge by Dipika and Ruchi

Lessons 2020 taught me

This Post Has 54 Comments

  1. Alpana Deo

    2020 was different somewhat special in its own way. It taught us many things, gave us opportunity to start new. Talking about Podcasts, so yes you have beautiful voice. Feel free to check out my podcast. It goes by Mother’s Gurukul Podcast and Baton Baton Mein.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Oh wow. I would love to listen to it. That’s great and thank you so much.

  2. Alpana Deo

    Sometimes, we undermine our own capabilities but we can achieve whatever we want to if we set our mind and give our sincere efforts. Congratulations on your Podcast milestone.

  3. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna

    First so sorry for your loss due to pandemic. I agree this pandemic has been hard on all of us. But I m glad that you had tried with your best efforts and achieve great success for blog and podcast. Wishing you much more success and happiness in upcoming new year.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Thank you dr. Surbhi for your kind words. Hoping for even better things to happen in the coming year

  4. Cindy Dsilva

    Oh yes we have learnt so many things during these months. I have also learnt that my decision to be home with the kids was a good ones. They would go crazy without me to guide and play with them throughout the lockdown.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Thats the most important thing a parent can do for their kids- way to go Cindy

  5. Aesha

    Your achievements are just fanstastic. Glad to read you had such a fruitful year. I will surely listen to your podcasts. All the best for 2021.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Hey that was so motivating Aesha. Jazakhallah and hope you have a Great year too.

  6. Nitisha Mathur

    Very true, Rahat. Loved reading your lockdown story…The best part of the year for me too was getting to spend more quality time with family.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Awwe thats great. We could create memories that will last us a lifetime

  7. Preeti Chauhan

    I agree with you here that even though 2020 was really a very challenging year for us , I also discovered my strengths and realised I am much stronger than I had assumed, this dark cloud had a silver lining! It also gave me time to pursue my studies.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Oh thats great to know. Just the thought of getting back to studies sends a shudder down my spine. Quite a feet. Would love to know more about it

  8. Ujjwal Mishra

    The year 2020 was surely a different and difficult year. But now as it is coming to an end we can analyze so many positive things it carried along. Every dark cloud has a silver lining.

  9. Mayuri Nidigallu

    Kudos to you, Dr Rahat! It is so heartening to read how you used this tough year to ease out things for yourself. Loved all your achievements and wish you many more.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Mayuri thats so thoughtful of you. Thankyou so much for your words of motivation

  10. Jhilmil

    Oh wow! looks like 2020 has been amazing for you, as you tried out so many different things, from your podcast to videos. Kudos to you

  11. simisp

    This 2020 has seriously changed everyone’s life for me I have become a good cook, manage with the things we have.. Nothing is permanent… You have picked a well to go topic…

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Yes yiu highlighted such an important point. We did learn to do manage in whatever little we had. Conclusion : wd Don’t need a lot of things to be happy

  12. myworldwitheira

    Being around family has definitely been wonderful and the most supportive during these difficult times. And yes we are definitely enough the best at we are and capable of much more that we discovered during this year.

  13. Disha

    You made the best out of the testing times and emerged as an achiever. Kudos on your podcasting and Instagram journey.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Thats so sweet Disha really… I am glad we could connect. And thank you so much hope you have a great year ahead.

  14. anurbannomadic

    Health is really everything and I learnt to be thankful for everyday that my family stays helathy. I also discovered a lot through self learning during lockdown, both personally and professionally

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Self learning is such a never ending process. Got lots to learn in that areas

  15. Congratulations for achieving so many milestones in a year. You have proved that productivity was at best in the year 2020. This year has been a teacher for all us in many ways.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Thank you so much. And yes it wss the most eventful year for me

  16. Sandy N Vyjay

    2020 has been a milestone in all our lives. It has been an year without precedent and has indeed come with learnings for the entire planet. It has taught us among other things, how to value the small pleasures of life and not to take anything for granted.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      True. Gratitude towards something as small as not catching a cold and staying healthy 😂

  17. It’s really awesome that 2020 was such a fruitful year for you. At the end of the year, if I am looking back, I can say that I have learnt a lot from time management to keeping my family and myself healthy and happy. Thanks for such a nice write up.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Aah i have been struggling witth time management for thr longest time. I always felt i have a lot on my plate than i can handle.

  18. LifeCoachPreet

    Its wonderful to see so many of us learn some valuable lessons during this pandemic. I have started taking care of my health finally. My health used to never be on my list of priorities before.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      I am still at that stage. Though i am trying to put it on the list atleast if not on top.

  19. Metamorphosis

    2020 was a great learning experience for all of us. There are some Good and some not so good memories but that’s what life is all about. Congratulations on achieving so many milestone ..wish you all the best you ate doing great.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      You expressed it so well. And thank you so much for your kind words😊

  20. Judy Morris

    wow that is quite an achievement filled journey of yours in 2020. You inspired me doctor.. Keep at it

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      I am glad i could inspire you Judy. And thank you so much.

  21. Harjeet Kaur

    Wow..that was a giant leap after Alexa..I am struggling since years but I am not bale to monetize my blog as I am technically challenged. Kudos to you for making a go of Insta, Podcasts and blog

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Thank you Harjeet. I got to learn a lot from your blog during Alexa. 😊

  22. TripleAmommy

    Thank you for this uplifting blog! It is amazing how you have achieved so much in the year and also inspires me that I can also achieve some of the things I want to. For instance, I have been thinking of working on my insta and the results you got in one year are really encouraging. Similarly for podcasts. I am toying with the idea and maybe in a few years, I will get there.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Oh thats great pls do. A little me time and a little consistency is what will help you achieve it. All the best. Looking forward to connecting with you further 😊

  23. mummatalks

    Opportunity in adversity…. yes I too started taking my blogging seriously and writing more during the lock down. While 2020 has shown us some tough time, how to use it to our benefit is what matters and you have used your time very wisely. Congrats on your podcast too. I have heard it and it’s great.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Aww Thankyou so much. I am glad you liked it. Congratulations on restarting your blog.

  24. Dr Bushra

    Congratulations for your podcast in ranking among top 25 parenting podcast. Indeed 2020 has teaches us so many lessons.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Thank you dr. Bushra. Yes many bitter sweet lessons were learnt in this year.

  25. Amrit Kaur

    This year has taught me to be positive and healthy because it is necessary to take care of our body and health.

  26. Gleefulblogger

    Life is full of surprises 2020 has been a year of great significance be it the lockdown that we will remember till our last breath or as you rightly mentioned – coming out of your comfort cocoon. You are doing great, and good luck for future.

  27. momtasticworld

    All three pointers are a must to keep ourselves motivated and live a happy life. I think, most of us have learnt something new in this pandemic and health is one thing that we all learnt to make it a priority. Love your post 🙂

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Thats right 2020 taught us so many lessons some bitter some sweet but all worthwhile

  28. Bhawna Shah

    I loved your way of writing and kudos for your achievements. Congrats on your podcast too. We all learnt a lot in this pandemic.

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