2022 in A-Z
As we say goodbye to the year that was (Yep, goodbye 2022!) and welcome the new year
(That’s right, hello 2023!), Let us talk about some things that kept us moving and/ or afloat in
the past year. Not just that! We can also carry these things or characteristics over to the year
2023 and let them guide us, inspire us, and remind us to keep on keeping on in life.
The intended purpose of this A-Z list does not only apply to learning English specifically, but it
can also be applied to anything and everything –just life in general or any and every more
specific areas that we want to use it for.
Without further ado, let us get right on to it because we haven’t got all day, have we?
A is for AWARENESS and ACCEPTANCE.
Awareness means that we have to know and not be blind to what is going on around us. With that said, it is also not enough to just be aware but then be passive to what is happening in our surroundings; we also have to accept. Accept whatever the situation may be –good or bad.
If we are aware that positive things are happening around us, then we tend to value them more and really appreciate them properly. On the other hand, if things are not going so well, we can only truly start to make things better and begin to heal once we accept the situation for what it really is.
As with any other things, being aware and accepting is of course easier said than done. This
brings us to the next one: We have to be brave.
B is for BRAVE.
There is a popular English saying that goes something like Braveness is not the absence of fear rather, it is pushing forward despite the fear then conquering it.
Here is the exact quote by Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid activist:
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave
man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
But being brave does not always have to mean being loud and being too “out there” and “in
your face”. There is a certain level of admiration that I have for people who are strong and
brave but calm.
C is for CALM.
I personally think that being calm in any given situation is a superpower. The way I see it, once we panic, we lose focus and our concentration on things that matter start to go awry.
Therefore, it is of utmost importance to always stay calm (or at the very least, try our best to!).
There is another popular saying that says “Keep calm and carry on”. It is an old British
catchphrase that gained prevalence