Waves of Kindness

A time capsule of the immeasurable from 2020 to invite the new year

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As I think of what we’re looking back to in our past and looking towards in our future on the 1st of this year, I am – perhaps for the first time – at a loss of words. Given all that 2020 was, that seems about right. The past year was nothing short of a telenovela crossover with a dark indie movie. A striking contrast to the Hallmark Christmas movies I drowned myself in to crowd out the world around me. 

I have precise memories of experiencing loss, heartbreak, grief, anxiety, uncertainty, fear and desperation more than ever before. And often I felt lonely going through these tides of emotions. But there was beauty in it all. These memories will always remain beautiful because I may have been feeling lonely, but I was never, not even for a nanosecond, alone. None of us were. 

We saw in each other resilience, joy, hope and the relentless ability to keep on dreaming. I learnt to break down with the same ease I was trained to stay strong, because “Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.” It’s said that the most precious things in life are immeasurable, and so instead of Instagramming my top moments of 2020 I want to share a list of small, seemingly inconsequential, but gloriously kind acts I witnessed. You know who you are, but I hope you will see yourself in others. 

  • The friend who sneaked a packet of Stroopwafels in my grocery bag as she drove me home.
  • The friend who picked up my call at 1am just to patiently let me cry my eyes dry.
  • The friend who home delivered homemade Scones with Jane Austen quotes to cheer me up.
  • The team who surprised me on Zoom for a birthday call when I thought it would just be a quiet afternoon by myself.
  • The brother who woke up at 7am and tip toed as he decorated the home with graduation banners and golden balloons.
  • The friend who took an emergency walk around the river making sure I left with chocolates in hand.
  • The friend who flooded my phone with memes before I woke up (many days in a row).
  • The dad who sent me a pack of 100 Twinnings tea bags when he heard I was down to my last 5.
  • The friend who sat with me, mask on, in the car listening to the entire Taylor Swift album in the middle of a thunderstorm.
  • The professor who, unprompted, sent me a message to check in with some Fauré and Bach Cello sonatas.
  • The mum who brought all her flower pots to my balcony so I could wake up to colours as we stayed indoors.

May our 2021 be sprinkled with a lot more such kindness and love. Here’s to good health, deeper connections and joy in the big and small. 

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