Cooking HAPPINESS IN 2021

The year 2020 will be over in only a few hours and millions of people are waiting for this year to end, including me. 2020 was a bad, very bad year and most of us can agree to that but it didn’t start bad. If you are reading this in 2050 – I am talking about the covid 19 pandemic that shook the world in 2020 & brought everyone back to ground. So I was saying that it did not seem that bad when the first idea of lockdown came about. Infact I was very happy that I would be working from home which would mean, no 5 hours daily commute, can eat on time, spend time with family, a moment of quiet and many hours to read books. How many of you though the same?

The initial lockdown days were actually good, I mean the first few weeks when companies were learning to be ‘work from home’ and families were adapting to everyone being in same house all the time but then the reality started to sink in and what came after that was chaos, not for all ofcourse but for me it definitely was an emotional turmoil. There were days and nights when I felt that God forgot our address and it was okay as there was so much pain in the world that my problems were minuscule. Families all over the world were losing loved ones, losing businesses and all the hard earn money, feeling stuck with abusive partners inside homes, facing real medical emergencies which were not being taken care of due to rising Covid cases in hospitals, nurses, doctors, hospital staffs & police personals were living out of hotels or weird houses, eating packed foods for months in a row without seeing their families. It was all new, strange and fearful at times.

How was your last year? Mine was something like this – Click Here

Happiness and me have been playing this hide and seek for as long as I can remember. It has always been that best friend which never came when things got really tough to handle. But every year, with all the new year resolutions, I would plan to be happy this year and the chase would continue.

The problem was that Happiness or being happy meant different things at different parts of life like being happy was –

  • Getting out of a bad relationship
  • Freedom of choice
  • Falling in love
  • Staying in love
  • Health
  • Peace

And no matter what is the current meaning of Happiness, its just a never ending chase as one really can not chase it. Its there and the only thing required is to feel its presence. But we forget– I forget.

So after the worst year of last 3 decades I want to really catch it and embrace it. The next 365 days will mark a new beginning on our life post Covid. Now we kind of know, what really matters, who really stands by our sides and the simple blessings that we have overlooked for the longest times possible. By the way, don’t want to give the impression that I have wised in a day, I still over plan and have a laundry list of goals for 2021 but above all is – cooking happiness in 2021.

How? Well this is what I am trying to learn but my basic instinct says – Let the child out.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash


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