Dear 2020: Why I’ve decided to focus on my happiness

This reader talks about how 2020 showed them the importance of appreciating themselves and their personality

Written by Anonymous


We asked young people across Ireland to take some time to reflect on 2020, and to put their thoughts down in a letter to themselves that we’ll send them back in 6-12 months. Find out more here. Below is one letter from a reader in Cork.

My Dear 2020 letter to myself

This year has been the weirdest year of my life. From school to struggling with personal problems and building myself into a new person. It started when the first lockdown happened and I was thrown into an unknown world. I was stuck in my room five days a week from 8:30 to 3pm just doing schoolwork and study. I felt like I was in isolation, almost like solitary confinement.

Lockdown gave me more time to be in my thoughts as everything was shut down. I started to overthink. I felt really sad and just felt alone, like I had nobody to turn to. For two or three weeks around May, I was in one of the worst states of my life. It almost felt like depression. But all my life I was subjected to criticism and insecurity and I vowed to myself that it would stop now.

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