Personal Reflection

20 Hard Truths I Learned in 2020

I was scrolling through some of my older blog posts and found this “gem”. My list of 19 things I learned in 2019 working in higher ed. While some of them still resonate with me, there are others that I can now only scoff at (mainly #13 & #17). So I figured it was time to reflect on 2020, to see what I’ve learned and how I feel about the world today.

1

Productivity does not equal happiness or success

2

Not everyone who works in a helping profession is a caring person

3

I don’t know if working with students is my purpose

4

I’m okay with not knowing

5

My self-worth is not defined by others

6

Expectations are just future disappointments

7

I underestimated the value and necessity of patience

8

The universe doesn’t owe me anything

9

I am so much more than my job title

10

Resting my identity on my career is toxic & stupid and so is the fact that our culture perpetuates it

11

I have a serious addiction to sugar*

*Okay fine, this one I’ve known for several years…

12

I only like to try new things if there is a high probability that I’ll be good at it

13

Turns out, I have to put in time & energy & patience & persistence, if I want to become good at something

14

I have an unhealthy need to constantly check my email, including my work email after hours

15

Getting tattoos is partially a coping mechanism

16

Success of those who are younger than me sometimes makes me feel insecure

17

I am learning that success is relative

18

Boredom causes me anxiety

19

I’m like a dog in that I am constantly seeking out validation from others and for someone to tell me what a good job I’m doing

20

It was really challenging to come up with 20 items for this list 😉

What are some things you learned in 2020? Do any of mine resonate with you?

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