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Bidding Farewell To 2020: What Lessons Have We Learned?

A letter penned to the year 2020 by Soniyaa Kiran Punjabi, the founder of Illuminations Well-being, Hypnotherapist, Holistic Wellness Coach, & Corporate Trainer.

Dear 2020,

The time has almost come to bid you goodbye.

Firstly, I’d like to say thank you for all the challenging lessons you’ve gifted me with by introducing me to COVID-19, who has clearly been the greatest teacher of all time.

Perhaps you haven’t taught me what I don’t already know, but you certainly have inspired me to remember important rules in the playbook of life…that sometimes slip from my mind…in the ‘busy-ness’ of things.

You’ve been the greatest expression of tough love by making many of us confront our deepest fears, grief, and loss.

But this pain has also brought us closest to the truths of life than ever before.

We went about our daily existence in blissful ignorance as we stressed, attached & tried controlling things that were not important in the larger scheme of life. But you awakened those even in the deepest of slumbers.

You have introduced us all to a new paradigm of living. One that has fueled a #changerevolution where the pursuit of our well-being is no longer a luxury for a few…but a necessity for all. As 2021 brings in a new energy of her own, the tides will soon turn and the memories of you will start to fade away.

But I get a strong feeling that in a few years’ time when I sit around with friends over a glass of wine or share my version of you with strangers, I will reflect back on all those experiences you brought and realize that you really were MY YEAR after all.

The year that has taught me that fate really does have a strange way of making plans. Ultimately it is life that chooses for us.

The year that has taught me the difference between what is our NEED and what is simply GREED.

The year that has taught me that crisis doesn’t build character, it reveals it.

The year that has taught me to create a balanced life that’s so fulfilling, one doesn’t always need travel plans to escape from it…except of course to embrace my long-distance loved ones.

The year that has taught me that real success is ultimately peace of mind and not about running after our piece of the pie.

The year that has taught us having food on our table, a roof over our head and a comfortable bed to sleep in is not an entitlement but a privilege…and things to be grateful for in every single moment.

And above all, the year that has shown us that we can live a happy life without many things…but we definitely CANNOT live without NETFLIX, AMAZON, INSTAGRAM & ZOOM!

With Love & Gratitude,


10.Soniyaa Kiran Punjabi-min

Soniyaa Kiran Punjabi

Founder of Illuminations & Hypnotherapist

As a certified holistic therapist and founder of Illuminations, Soniyaa has been instrumental in pioneering the holistic healing industry in the UAE by introducing life-transforming techniques. If you want to learn more, browse through our Events and Holistic Healing Workshops. Our wide range of topics includes Positive Psychology, Behavioral Sciences, Mental Health, Energy Healing, Spiritual Practice, and more.

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