I know, I know long time no see. I promise this will be the last time I take a hiatus from this blog, but as we all know life happens. During my time away, a plethora of events have taken place that have started this year off with a bang, and not necessarily in a good way. Currently, the hot topic on everyone’s mind right now is the COVID-19 pandemic. If someone told me a few months back that things would be like this, I would have never believed it. Who would have thought that a virus of this magnitude would come through and change the course of our entire lives? It has changed our employment status, social lives, home environment, our communities, and so much more in the blink of an eye.
During this time in quarantine, I’ve been thinking a lot about life before all of this and how much I miss my old routine. I even miss the tasks I use to dread. Anybody that knows me, knows I dread grocery shop at times because of how mundane it can be. However, now, I absolutely miss being able to just walk into the store and take my time shopping, not having paranoia about why the person in the next aisle is coughing so much, or if the person behind me is standing a bit too close. Time was so much simpler back then. But isn’t that the most ironic part of life? That we only miss things after they have been taken away. As a child, I always heard my mother and grandmother say, “You never miss your water until the well runs dry,” and that statement seems to apply more and more the older I get. Often, we get so consumed in our own little worlds that we overlook the simplicities in life because we think things will always be that way but life always has a way of showing us perspective, and the current state of our world is no exception.
The world is in troubling and uncertain times right now. However, the silver lining in this situation has been that it has forced us to go back to our bare roots and really examine what is meaningful to us. After being stripped of all the excess distractions in life we found that we already possess everything we need, in the simplest form. For most of us we are in good health, we have family and friends in our corner, and we are able to provide for ourselves while keeping a roof over our heads. If you are fortunate enough to possess these things you should consider yourself blessed because a lot of people don’t even have that, especially during a time like this. In addition, we are realizing that every job plays and important role in our society. Healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, fast-food workers, delivery drivers, mailmen, sanitation workers, and so many more have stepped up to the frontlines of this pandemic. The very people that we at times look over or don’t appreciate enough are now the superheroes. They are literally carrying all of us the finish line on their backs and risking their own health to do so. I don’t know if there are enough accolades in this world to express how amazing these people are, but my one hope is that during and after this pandemic we will start treating all of these workers with the respect that they deserve. They had to make the ultimate sacrifice and rather than being with their families at this time, they continue working not only to make a living for themselves but to ensure our needs are met and that we are safe.
With all of this being said, I hope that we all can walk out of this situation with a renewed sense of what is meaningful to us. I hope that we can learn to appreciate the people, places, and things around us because nothing in this life permanent. I know for me personally, I am always thankful each day that I wake up because I know that it another opportunity to pursue my purpose and another day to share with those that I love. We have to learn to stop getting caught up with the distractions in life and learn to be present in life. It has warmed my heart seeing people on social media going back to the basics and having movie nights and gamenights with their families and just genuinely enjoying each others company. It’s nice to see people putting their creativity to work and creating new product, starting new businesses. It is also nice to see people using this time to simply practice self-care and giving themselves the break they deserve. Where ever you fall on this spectrum continue doing what you are doing, we need more uplifting images like that during this time.
Before I close out, I want to wish you and your loved ones good health and safety during this time. Continue using your better judgement and stay in unless you are going out for necessities, and most importantly continue to stay positive. We will overcome this and we will come back stronger than were before. Bye for now, but I will be talking to you guys again very soon. In the meantime let me know in the comments what you are doing to stay positive while in quarantine or what is meaningful to you?