20 personal moments I'm grateful for as 2020 comes to an end #Welcome2021BlogHop

Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan
2020 was a tough year. There really is no denying it. For the world, the country, for friends and family and yes, even me. There is a lot I would have to write on if I chronicled all that I felt went wrong. 

But I would prefer not to give this beast of a year a list to enjoy as it evilly grins. No, I'd rather hunt through the memories of this year and show you all a few glimpses of what made me smile INSPITE of this year. 

The aim behind this particular look back is to selectively let go of the pain that wore me down while also cherishing the days and moments that gave me strength. 

Without further adieu, these are the 20 things I am grateful for in 2020.

20 Happy Personal Memories from the year 2020

  1. Friendships, old and new, have strengthened over this year, as we learned the value of having one another for support during these crazy times. 
  2. New content opportunities came my way which was a blessing always, as part of a life away from the operation theater and ICU. 
    Against internet harassment

  3. Being free from Covid19 while working in covid19 ICUs. Touchwood, I've survived somehow. Indian Doctor in a PPE suit
  4. Love in the Time of Coronavirus. 
  5. Having my articles published in NDTV and the Times of India
  6. I got to binge watch the old Agatha Christie's Poirot series and realize just how magical David Suchet is. 
  7. Knowing there are people to look out for my parents when I can't be there due to the distance is heartening. 
  8. I also made and got to try plenty of fabulous dishes at home. 
    Funny homemade Christmas cake

  9. There were plenty of missed opportunities but also some pretty decent gains from the stock market. This is new for me. It's also inspiring me to keep at it.
  10. Found some gems in English music. You need to understand that I'm one of those who lost touch with English music after the early 2000s and need to be goaded by friends to check out the new artists around. 
  11. Away from the usual dog love I normally enjoy, I got into Aquariums this year and there is a lot of serenity in it, watching the fish (and now baby shrimp) swim around gracefully. 
    Betta fish

  12. I actually had a fish who would come to greet me in the morning and demanded to be petted. You can see it for yourself here
  13. Got to be a part of some new surgeries at work. 
  14. My first book! After all these years, I finally converted my Heroes of Kindness series into a book, thanks to the goading of team Blogchatter and fellow bloggers. 
    Heroes of Kindness ebook

  15. Even in a year like this, there were some pretty good new movies that I enjoyed this year. Some I recommend - C U Soon, Palm Springs, Love and War, AkvsAk. 
  16. It may seem like a small thing but especially in a year like this, having something like Facebook Memories is a wonderful way to remember happier times gone by, experiences we cherished. 
  17. Living in an area where everything is nearby - fish, meat, groceries, bakery. Watching the images of millions suffering over the year, it was impossible not to feel privileged because I never had a shortage of anything even during the lockdown. 
  18. Happy that Avengers Endgame came out in 2019!! As a Marvel movie fan, I really wanted to see that story line's ending before I died so I was happy that it came out last year because if it had been due this year, we just know the movie would have been delayed for ages and ages. 
  19. Completing 15 years of blogging. I feel like there should be a honorary trophy for this one!! Do we get pensions? No? Okay. 
  20. After years of driving around in a Honda Brio (which I still say is a brilliant car) for 7 years, I finally upgraded in life to the new Honda City. It's early days but I am absolutely loving the transition.  
    2020 Honda City Radiant Red

What will 2021 bring? Touchwood, more fond memories and pleasant surprises. I hope you have the same too. 

Tell me, what is your fondest memory in this crazy year?

Authors note - 

Welcome 2021 bloghop

This blog post is a part of the Welcome 2021 Blog Hop hosted by Swarnali Nath.

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  1. Congratulations on 15 years of blogging and bringing out great content. Well 2020 has made each of us realise to rejoice in these small joys. All the best for 2021. Ruchi Nasa https://thevagabond.me

  2. That christmas cake looks too good! Nice to know you've had these special moments to be grateful for despite this year. Being locked apart from friends during the pandemic, my circle has made it a point to have regular calls and that has brought us even closer. These calls would be my fondest memories for the year. :) Wishing you a wonderful 2021!

  3. This is such a heart warming post and I never expected any less from you. The Facebook memories bit is so true. I smiled many times looking at old memories (there were some cringeworthy ones too) but you're so right. We're the privileged ones as 2020 didn't really hit us as hard as others. It wasn't so bad after all :)

  4. Wonderful summary of your 2020. It definitely brings a smile on me. Loved to see your pet fish. More than any thing I want to thank you for going to work and being there for all of us in these hard times. Thank you thank you thank you. - Urvashi

  5. That's why we say that we are the creator of our own happiness, glad to know that being a frontline worker you have well managed to embellished your life and days with all the colors of positivity be it fish, cooking, music, share market or the upgradation of car. kudos!!!! Congrats for completing the gleeful 15 years of blogging.


  6. I will never ever forget your lockdown meals! All those pictures are responsible for all the extra kilos I added up this year! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…Well..I have to blame someone for my indolence

  7. Dr Roshan, you are a true hero, and an inspiration for all! We are glad and honored to witness how you victoriously beat the risks in your profession, and your remarkable achievements in writing. You heal the body through medications, and heal the mind and spirit through your magical words.

    May the new year and the years ahead, bring loads of laughter, accolades, pleasant surprises, and beautiful memories for you!
    Very best wishes!

  8. Wonderful article... And congratulations on completing 15 years of blogging.
    Truly inspirational it is. Stay safe and keep writing. (Covid is still there so please take care).

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  10. What a lovely post it was. In spite of the turbulence through the year, you had some good memories to cherish. Congratulations to you for your long journey of Blogging. All the good memories of 2020 are a collection of happy moments and I am happy that you shared them with us, thus creating a chain of positivity. I am a huge fan of your writing and the Heroes of Kindness series. They inspired me to start my new venture of sending my hope, love and peace to the world to bring a better tomorrow. I have named it The Letters Connect, though it's on way of building. Thank you so much for joining us in the blog hop. I am grateful to you. I wish you a great year ahead. Let 2021 bring more positivity in your life. Best wishes.
    - Swarnali

  11. If we want, we can find sunshine in the toughest of a situation.. that was so many joy in a bucket.. good luck for the year coming..

  12. Lovely post. First of all kudos to you sir and a big salute for your noble contribution to life. You all are our true heros of kindness just like your book. And thanks for reminding on Aagtha Christie... My favourite author... It's time I watch the show too :)! And yes, if there is any trophy for the 15 yrs blogging I would also like to know ๐Ÿ˜Š...congrats on that too ๐Ÿ˜Š.

    It's always wonderful to read a positive post on the year gone by irrespective of however the year has been. Simply because it reminds you of all the positive moments or your own and helps to start the new year with a smile.

  13. Loved your list, and the positivity it spreads even though you've been in the eye of the storm. I absolutely loved the cake, 15 years of blogging wow, and of course we should all demand pension.
    This was my first time reading your blog and i found it absolutely awesome.

  14. Dr. Roshan it's an honour to get in touch with you and reading your blog always leaves me inspired. Salute to brave hearts like you who actually work in the midst of the emergency ward and still carry the best positive vibes and I love your fishes. They are so soothing to watch. May this New year 2021 give more power to your spirit and may you keep inspiring us.

  15. I have always liked your writing style and the topics you pick. Congratulations for completing 15 years of blogging. Thats a milestone. I have read a few posts from Heros of Kindness and they were very motivating.
    Cant agree more on Agatha Christie's Poirot series and David Suchet. I have already watch the entire series but can watch it again.
    Coming to your baking then wow..what a lovely cake. I guess the Santa on the cake got tired after delivering all the gifts this year. But thats okay, next year, he will be happy and in the holly-jolly spirits again. Happy New Year to you!!

    Alpana/Mothers Gurukul

  16. After reading this, I can say, for every I should say congratulations! It is great you always find positives.

  17. Wow!! Positive vibes all around!! Despite being serving as a frontline warrior, you have successfully managed to keep the spirits high. Congratulations on completing 15 years of blogging, getting 'Heroes of Kindness' published, rediscovering your love for English music, and upgrading your car.
    It's a matter of pleasure getting an opportunity to appreciate your baking skills, your bonding with your fish( Yes, I saw her interacting with you), and most of all, your optimistic approach.
    Wishing you all the very best in the coming years!!

  18. I would say that despite all odds 2020 seems to have been a good year for you, Dr Roshan. Wishing you a fabulous 2021!

  19. First of all, congratulations on the 15th year in blogging.
    Also, your book is a gem.
    Good luck for the future.

  20. Great post... made me count my blessings... but tell me brother, how do you find time for everything? Do you have 48 hours a day kya?!

  21. 15 years of blogging and publishing your book- Yay for both and a huge congrats too. I think the best part to be most grateful in this covid era was the availability of supplies right next to the house- Touchwood!!!

    Wish you a very happy year ahead with loads of possibilities and happiness Doc.

  22. Such a beautiful post! I loved how you focused on the beautiful things that we are surrounded with during the chaotic 2020. I am also thankful that Avengers Endgame released in 2019.
    Wish you a fabulous 2021 ๐Ÿ˜Š

  23. You know I'm so happy to know you've been safe. The way this blog is written, I can't help but notice what a positive and thoughtful person you are. A very heart warming read ♥️♥️♥️

  24. Congratulations!! For your book launch and 15yrs of blogging. I loved that cake, too good. Would love to read a post on the recipe and decoration. You have rightly mentioned, this year taught us how to enjoy small things in life and be grateful to what we have. Great post, loved it.

  25. Wow loved the positivity of the post. Congratulations on completing 15 years of blogging. Your aquarium with the little shrimp looks really cool.

  26. These are beautiful candid confessions, paired with your extraordinary powers to pull everything with aplomb, be it baking, petting, music, writing or your habit of winning. And needless to say that being a covid frontline warrior, you're already a boon for all of us! Congratulations on this winning feat and best wishes for a sunshine new year!

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  29. first of all hats off to you for your work in the COVID wards. I am so grateful to every doctor who took this risk day in and day out while we were scared to step out of our houses. Secondly, I am so grateful that you and your family stayed safe through and so glad to see all the good things that you experienced in 2020. And on a totally separate note - I am an Agatha Christie fan too - where did you see the series? netflix or someplace else?

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