But if 2020 (and 5780 in the Jewish calendar) has taught me anything, it is:
“If you want to make G-d laugh, tell Him about your plans” – Woody Allen
So instead of making my list, I will reflect on what this past year has taught me, on a Rosh Hashanah unlike any I’ve experienced in my lifetime.
This past year, I have learned to embrace the process… all of it.
The ups and downs, and the many roses and thorns along the way. I have learned what it means to be malleable, and have grown to accept the discomfort of developing wings.
I think we can all say that this sudden global pandemic, brought our #2020goals to a screeching halt… and it did.
For me, the events that took place over the past several months shook me to my core and left me reexamining my role and responsibility in humanity as a whole. Was I living mindfully and was I using my voice as a force for change?
This pandemic posed an incredible opportunity for us to push the envelope and evolve as human beings
Finding My Voice
The sleepless nights over racial injustice, resurfacing of past traumas, hard conversations and unapologetic boundaries are what led me to today: A beautiful present that I could have never foreseen.
As a biracial, young Jewish woman of color, 2020 has forced me to reclaim my voice and reject the previous status quo.
The status quo that made silencing my voice more palatable and less controversial. The one that labeled me as “acceptable” and one who “plays by the rules.”
2020 ended that game for me.
And I am so glad it did. As uncomfortable as this process was, it allowed me to see the bigger picture and seize the opportunity to very clearly stand up for what I believe in (even if it meant losing those who disagreed along the way).
So… what do I actually want this new year?
I want this post to be an inspiration for you to open your heart and mind to whatever it is you are pushing back on. Don’t be afraid to be the change you want to see in the world, and to do so unapologetically. Life is too short to live otherwise.
2020 got me isolated.
It forced me to get real with myself:
To speak up,
to be tested
and to accept reality as it is.
I now let go of what I cannot change
and embrace and cultivate what I can
Because we each have an incredible responsibility to make this world a better place, and it starts with us.
Stay organically opulent,
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