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.
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.
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.
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.