Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Great idea, sharing and encouraging you to think of your year and make a list of your own! Things that signify this year to me - what would I put into 2020 time capsule, in no particular order: 1. Internet. I am grateful for this technological miracle every single day. It is rather scary to try imagining how would we go through this pandemic thirty years ago. No internet shopping, no Netflix,, no email.... Long live! 2. Hand made masks. Any masks, probably, but it is very surprising to see how many people actually picked up a needle and started sewing. Made me very happy. 3. Buckwheat and toilet paper. Probably first sign of the upcoming changes, first and thankfully last panic. Did not make me happy at all. Good that we did not buy them, after all. 4. Lipstick, now mostly sad in the corner. But it makes me very happy when I actually use it, even if without any need to be seen on camera. Looks like I use makeup and perfume just for my own joy, but lipstick is somehow different. 5. Charging cables and headphones. Sometimes (oh well, often, actually) they seem like a lifeline leading to other people. 6. Sports pants. I would gladly leave them in the capsule, all together. I neve likes "home" clothes, and am back to "regular". Clothes that I wear only when I am sick make me feel quite down. Apparently, symbols and stereotypes are a lot stronger than practical daily living. 7. Separately - video cameras, video calls and Zoom, the survivor of global siege. Just when it seemed that old science fiction novel failed to predict the success of video communications - I would not really dare to say the same right now. People actually enjoy video calls! And everyone lives in so amazingly different homes! It seems that you instantly know about the person more than you can say after an hour of conversation. 8. My plants. They always ere important to me, but this year it seems they understood that they are also my forest, and that is why I watered tomato jungle for half of the summer, clipped lavender for tea for the first time and still picked wild strawberries in October. 9. Trips. The few ones that did happen, during the summer, when it all seemed to go away for a while. Every kilometer seemed to make up for all those hundreds that did not happen. 10. Faith in humanity - this came both ways. Sometimes it looked like we will still survive - we had Black Lives Matter, we had Žive Belarus, elections here, elections in US, SpaceX Dragon 2. And then there was Hong Kong, Bulgaria, Armenia and Azerbaijan, masks worn under the nose and 5G panic, which really brought this hope down. 11. Pictures from the past. Perhaps I had more time, or more need to go through them again. Life is really not out of color, even if w do not stop to see them every day. 12. The comet, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter, unexpected sight of Starlink chain and phosphane in Venus. All of these woke up all of my childhood dreams, all hours spent under starry nights and cosmic longing of receding New Horizons. 13. All video recordings - possibility not to wait until "Children of captain Grant" is on TV, but watch on repeat all of my space science fiction, the conversations in Stambiu Planu or travel with National Expedition, and, probably even more of the treasures still to be found. 14. Finally, may you walk in heavenly meadows full of flowers, Morricone, Van Halen, Sean Connery, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan and Kim Ki Duk. You are in a great company. I have a feeling that some more things will come to me during the day, so - to be continued. What was memorable to you during this year? Inspirational article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/future/article/20201217-time-capsule-2020-the-37-objects-that-defined-the-year
Time capsule 2020: The 37 objects that defined the year
www.bbc.co.uk

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Lina LinkeviciuteTheatre Director [email protected] Paintings/Luxury Business Professional
Very nice article Monika, thanks for sharing!
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At times likes these, I believe this is a good recommendation to watch. Thank you!
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating matters2 days ago
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I've red this book. The story felt very authentic and I learned a lot about what it's like for those with schizophrenia. It's a memorable and moving read.
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