October 14, 2020 4 min read

One of the most eventful years, to say the least, 2020 has been an absolute rollercoaster of a ride. Not restricted to just pockets of areas, the coronavirus pandemic was (and still is) a worldwide phenomenon that just doesn't seem to slow down. However, the saying goes - “the night is darkest before dawn,” and if you’ve been able to take advantage of the situation, nothing like it. That’s EXACTLY why we feel that 2020 is the toughest year,  the greatest teacher of our lives.

This Teacher’s Day, we were thinking about the teachers we’ve experienced in life and how we used to not look forward to their classes. Only later on did we realize that what they taught us actually stuck forever and it took us a few years to come to terms with it. Well, 2020 is precisely that!

2020 - A throwback to the school days 

The pandemic may have affected us all in different ways but one thing it has done for sure is teach us all many valuable lessons. It’s like that teacher who knew where to draw the line and put us in our place, when we truly deserved to be.

Remember the times we used to bunk classes, or forge our parents’ signatures or even worse - burst firecrackers in the bathrooms? Well, if it wasn’t for that teacher who found out and put us in place, there’s a high chance a few of us would’ve turned into hardened criminals.

It’s important that we learn the hard way sometimes, and teachers who can make us understand are the ones we truly deserve in life. This Teacher’s Day, let’s look back and see how this year has taught us to take “shots” in life.

A lesson in not losing your sh#t

Online games have grown over these last few months purely because you’ve not been left with any other option and found out fun ways to stay connected with your friends. Even if you’re socially distancing, these games allow you to bring out your fun (and sometimes not so fun) side out but it’s also taught you one thing - patience.

We know how hard it can get when you’re playing CoD on the phone and someone snipes you randomly. Trust us, it takes a lot of patience to not throw the phone out of the window. 2020’s given us a lot of time to enjoy online games and develop the ability to be patient, whether we like it or not. 

Study “holidays” are real

Did you even think about having a year-long study holiday? Think about it. When we had study holidays, we’d never stop hanging out with each other and calling one another on the phone.

If someone told you that three months into next year, you’d be taking all of your classes and meetings online, you’d have scoffed at them. But right now, not only is that an actual occurrence, it might be the way in the future too.

Whether we like it or not, the start of any change is brutal, especially if it’s not our choice. Online classes must be attended but there is the great out - put your video off, click on mute and voila, another 4 hours of sleep schedule starts. Let’s see when we wake up from this traumatic experience and get to the point of realisation that it’s this knowledge or no knowledge at all. The choice is ours. 

It’s not the gym, it’s you 

Home workouts are another thing you’d have never imagined yourself doing in this pandemic, but look at where we are now. With these workouts becoming more focused towards helping you maintain a sedentary lifestyle for a while, you know how important fitness has become. So many of you have started taking our health shots and we couldn't be happier.

The lesson we all learned? It's never too late to get started with anything.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

It can be so annoying if you’re not allowed to meet your buddies and family members, especially if they’re on the other side of the country or the world and there’s no connectivity. However, current times need us to be accepting and patient.

This year has truly taught us that it’s the family and people you keep close to you who matter. The next time you meet your family and friends, it’s going to be a fun and absolutely delightful affair, so just show restraint and wind the clock down. Because when this lifts, you will know the feeling of a real warm hug, like never before. 

These are the lessons that 2020, as a teacher, has ingrained in us. Everyday is a challenge for you to stay patient, focused, restrained, have trust and stay fit. Get yourself a shot of Akiva this Teacher’s Day and take the shots that matter and sooner than later, this will be a thing of the past.