Oh boy, I did not see that coming.

Akhila Ajith
2 min readNov 26, 2020

I’m 22 years old and throughout my life, unexpected events have occurred. But, I was never a person who believed in these unexpected events occurring if you ‘planned out your future’. I’m a person who isn’t a big fan of change (positive or negative change) and I love planning out things (in my head) which leads to having expectations which then leads to disappointments when things don’t happen the way I expected to go.

But then 2020 happened. The virus, smell of death everywhere, alarming problems of climate change, racial injustice, financial markets breaking down, the US presidential elections… we never imagined all these happening in a span of 365 days.

With the high level of unexpected events happening this year, 2020 has finally taught me one thing: the future is ALWAYS uncertain. I never believed in the saying that ‘a person’s life could change in a split second’. Actually, I never believed in any philosophical sayings. But that changed this year.

With my mindset slowly changing, I don’t stress and worry like before when things don’t go as planned. I’m trying my best to face it and adjust to the change. I have also lowered my expectations (trying to not have any expectations at all).

So what I’m trying to say is that 2020 has been an extremely tough year for each and every one of us. Both mentally and physically. This year was filled with constant changes. But I feel that it has also given us the opportunity to grow, learn from what’s happening around us and understand aspects that we never understood before. Don’t you all feel the same? Didn’t we actually grow from all the unexpected events that had happened this year?

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Akhila Ajith

Marketer, content creator, an introvert, a bookworm and have an opinion about everything.