This pandemic has forced millions of people to re-evaluate how they go about living their lives. Nothing can be taken for granted because people are losing their jobs and their homes. We can’t see our own family members for Christmas. When we need a vacation the most, we can’t even travel, let alone afford the trip itself. This pandemic has taught me a thing or two about making the most of your current situation and adapting to difficult changes. With no option but to stay home, I discovered a lot more free time in the day. I’ve started learning how to save money by cutting corners and trying to do things myself. I learned how to manage home workouts and diet on a budget to save money and stay healthy at the same time. When quarantine began, I spent two months straight jump roping. It turns out you don’t need a gym membership to lose 10 pounds. I got into baking more, and this resulted in several failed attempts at dessert before I made a very successful batch of cream puffs. I got into meditating, which I thought would never happen. When the weather outside started to warm up, I went for walks even though it still felt like a crime to go outside at the time.
Fast forward to December — cases are picking back up, and money is still an issue for many people. I recently went through the process of moving, and now I can’t even go out to meet the people who live around here without risking COVID exposure. So, I keep sticking to myself and trying to become better than I ever was. I just gave myself a haircut, which was nerve-racking, but it actually turned out pretty good. Now, I’m trying to get into blogging because I want to share experiences with other people and hopefully make an impact.
So, where am I going with this tangent? My point is that we underestimate ourselves. Drastically. When we’re faced with a stressful situation such as this pandemic, running is not an option. We are forced to brave the storm, and we come out as different people on the other side. I have learned more about myself in the last 10 months or so than I have in years because I have been forced to reflect on who I am and what I’m capable of doing for myself. I suggest others do the same. You may end up discovering things about yourself that you never knew. One thing is for sure: you won’t take the little things for granted anymore.