All I can say is, 2020 has been one hell of a year during these crazy times. We all miss enjoying, living a normal life before switching to virtual and having to follow the stay-at-home orders. COVID-19 has been on the rise for a year now, but kudos to those that survived and made it this far. May those that didn’t make it to 2021 rest in paradise and 2021 to be the new chapter of change, prosperity, and peace for everyone.
Never take anyone or anything for granted: Quarantine made me realize to not keep living life full of regrets. There are a lot of things that I wish I could go back and change. COVID-19 made me miss out on so many opportunities that could’ve happened, but instead—I had to wait for things to go downhill. So many loved ones are losing their lives everyday. Families and friends don’t get a chance to visit their sick relatives or even get to say goodbye to them. Please hold the dearest ones closest to you, and remind them how much they mean to you. Let them know how much you love them before it’s too late. Don’t miss out on chances, take advantage of them!
Discover yourself: Thanks to quarantine, I developed new hobbies that included writing. Because of quarantine, I’ve gotten deep into blogging and it has changed my life in the most positive way where I can finally express myself by using this platform. Hobbies aren’t just meant for something that you enjoy doing; it’s where you can reveal the inner you to find your hidden talents. Whatever it is, your passions will eventually end up finding you.
Reflect on experiences: Think of a time or an event that you learned something from. I thought to myself, what can I do to change? What am I doing wrong? Why am I always letting others down including myself? I often overthink situations, but I’m usually reminded that you’ll either allow your mistakes to make you grow bitter or better at this time of moment you’re in.
Not everyone stays in your life: It’s a lonely time being in quarantine for the majority of people that miss being surrounded by friends and having fun. You might lose contact with people that’ll walk out of your life for the better and see who’s really there, because not everyone is meant to go on your next journey in life for a reason. I’m honored to be an introvert since I don’t have to worry too much about who stays in my life when I’m already happy being alone. But I’m also blessed to have met many amazing people after losing a few ones. To all the extroverts out there, it’s okay to enjoy your own company too sometimes. Plus, quality over quantity is more valuable for our mental health and well-being.
Be more appreciative and thankful: If anything, quarantine has made me appreciate life the most. I sincerely regret for any of the times that I was unhappy or ungrateful when deep down, I have no idea how lucky I am. I may not be where I want to be at in life right now, but I’m still alive and well. I have food, shelter, and clothes provided for me. I cannot imagine the pain and suffering that people go through in other parts of the world who don’t always have everything that we have during the pandemic. We’re all going through such a tough time, so it’s best to keep showing gratitude and support for one another.
Expand your comfort zone: Being in quarantine doesn’t mean that you should stay stuck in your bubble the whole time. It means that you should go out of your way to try something new whether you’re working out at home and getting some fresh air, or starting a self-care routine. I’ve always lacked motivation and wanted to improve my weaknesses over my strengths. So I’ve tried to teach myself how to cook recipes, start a night routine, and try new activities with people as long as I’m still practicing social distancing and protecting everyone’s health around me.
Enjoy the little moments: The little things in life are what makes life beautiful. The stars in the sky, watching the moon light up, seeing the sunset, listening to music, and video chatting with a loved one that’s miles away are all so meaningful to me. One day, we’re not always going to wake up the next day to enjoy those little things. I don’t need a lot of materialistic things in my life, because I feel that the little things I enjoy the most are already enough for me.
Patience is key: Getting laid off, constantly rejected from jobs, and ending up not being the right fit for that one job has been emotionally draining. The struggle while being in the pandemic is absolutely atrocious. You’re persistently told that you’re not enough or doing enough, and how pressured you feel to find a job right away. I believe that things that don’t always work out, God is working behind the scenes for you because something even greater is on its way. We just have to be patient and trust him! God is not done; He knows your struggles, desires, and dreams. God does not want you to give up though, because He also promises you for a better future and He will never let you down.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29:11
Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your plans.Proverbs 3:5-6
We always question, when will the pandemic ever end? Honestly, the world may never know. All I know is that it will be soon if we keep having faith and trust in our Lord. We’re all tired, depressed, or whatever you name it. Things may seem to not get any better, but the change is up to you. Be part of the change and help make this world a better place. Show kindness and practice good deeds, because life does not wait for anyone. Don’t forget to keep social distancing, have good hygiene, and wear a mask to help slow and stop the spread of the virus. Make sure to think twice and be selfless before risking others!