“It’s a new dawn. Ours is to set sail and harness the wind to get to our desired destination.”
The year 2020 has been an extraordinary one. We’ve faced trials and tribulations some we weathered with ease, others we almost gave in but by the grace, we are coming to its end with high hopes for 2021. At the beginning of the year, I was eager, optimistic and hopeful. That took me through the year coupled with luck, kind people and zeal. As the year comes to an end, I recently got to realize that instead of living in grace I lived in hope which in a way meant that I was always on the move. It worked. Moving forward, I’m trying to stay futuristic but at the same time be grounded on the present. Living gracefully and I suggest you also give it a try.
A couple of days ago I mentioned that I’d do three (3) specific articles before the end of the year. I have done the first two on my passions i.e. Caregiving and Pursuit of Knowledge. Today I’ve purposed to pen down the last in the series which captures plans for the coming year. It’s my hope you’ll be here to encourage, support and walk the journey with me through the year because it’s our common journey. Stay tuned because I’ll be outlining how you can get involved.
First, at the start of this journey the mission was to nurture industrious and socially responsible individuals for healthy and prosperous societies. This took the form of articles and so far we have over 100 pieces on this wall. Walking into 2021, I’ll be aiming at double this number which translates to 200 lessons because every piece has a specific message. In this journey, I’m opening up an opportunity for anyone who has a story to share that fits this mission to feel free to reach me on email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The basic criteria is that it should be a story that enlightens and educates. For those who find the blogs enlightening, you can still support the mission by sharing the posts that speak to you with your networks. Help them learn and grow with you.
In the course of the year, I asked for your help deciding whether to do a podcast or not in this piece. From your feedback it seemed to be a favorable option especially for those who prefer audio content. For that matter, in the coming year, we’ll have a podcast that will feature you in any of the topics you’d want to talk about. You’ll curate the content as suits you on the different features. This is to give you a platform to share your experiences, insights and build a brand around the person that you are (Authentic You). Other than this, I’ve been doing book reviews in writing. Moving forward, these will continue with an audio component in the form of podcasts. For those who can’t sit down to read books, I’ll give you a refined version of the book contextualized to our circumstances and nudge you to take action. Knowledge is as good as it’s application. A concept I wrote about in earlier articles here and here. Get ready for a year of learning and growing in all possible ways.
Changing the Lens, a concept I have been brooding over for the last four (4) or so years has a chance to come to light. As I wrote about it earlier in passing here, I’ve always wanted to give the marginalized, disenfranchised a voice and an opportunity to share their story. In the coming year, this will be one of the key features to the podcast and I’ll ask of you to help me get these people who can share their story. Can be street families, people living with disabilities etc. On the same note, in case you know anyone who have defied the norms to thrive, help us share these stories by nominating them. You’ve got a chance to contribute to the betterment of our society by celebrating the unsung heroes, inspiring generations and giving voice to the voiceless. (My email still remains the same: email@example.com).
Finally, I didn’t want to carry too much load into and through 2021 so I’ve decided to do nothing. Yes. I’ll relish my downtime for as much as I can and hope it helps me refuel for all that I’ve outlined. Why not hold me accountable on this? Please do.
To sign off on 2020, I want to say thank you to all those who have been part of this journey. You’ve made a difference by reading, commenting, sharing, following and contributing to this blog.
Thank you in a big way.