Our world has really changed this year hasn’t it? And although the pandmeic has taught me to appreciate the simple parts of life & this so called “new normal”, I can’t help but wish for the days we used to have before all this happened. It goes to show, you don’t fully appreciate what you have until it’s taken away from you.
All I want for Christmas is for the pandemic to end.
Stay in your homes they said. Keep 6 feet away from all people (even your loved ones). No hugs. No kisses. No get togethers. No vacations. STAY INSIDE. Or else, you & the ones you care about will get sick or even succumb to something much worse.
I’m not trying to be a downer, especially so close to the holidays, but I can’t help but wish for things to be back to the way it was, before the world shutdown. A year that will go down in history no doubt. We will tell our children & their children & their children, about the changes & rebirths that went on in 2020. Not only were we presented with a virus, but also racial injustice, social changes and disruptions. Parents had to become teachers, teachers had to adjust their curriculums & learn to educate the youth from a computer screen. Essential & nonessential were the rankings of society. Some people’s careers taken right from under their feet. While others were “lucky enough” to be working from home. And healthcare workers busting their asses saving others’ lives. But do people realize even those changes can be detrimental to one’s mental health? But of course, as a society we still had to throw judgment wherever we could. Even during the most unprecedented times, where people are losing loved ones left & right while still trying to maintain some form of a life.
That’s the only way I can describe this year. Even when we were basically forced to be lazy. Stay home. Watch tv. Do a puzzle. Color. It was still so tiring. My mind wouldn’t shut up. When was I going back to work? Would they even call me? Will I have to start my life over? At almost 30?! Are you kidding me? When life was already hard enough it seemed. But we made the best out of it. And we STILL are.
Watch tv. Learn some Tiktoks. Conduct Zoom meetings. Have Zoom dinner dates. Gain a hobby. Buy a Peloton. Read a book. JUST DON’T THINK ABOUT THE WORLD BEING IN SHAMBLES TODAY! Distract the mind. But it really couldn’t be distracted.
What do you mean we can’t visit our grandparents? Funerals aren’t a thing right now? How are we supposed to grieve the loss of loved ones properly?
What do you mean children can’t go back to school? I have to work! I can’t be a teacher too!
So many questions running through all our minds.
Just Wear a Mask. Everything will be fine! But it’s almost 2021 & we are still in this mess.
I know it’s frustrating & we’ve had to adjust to great lengths for all this. But maybe even though it’s upsetting times, we can find the good. I learned life is a beautiful thing even when you are going through hell. With every experience you are becoming more resilient. So maybe. Just maybe, we can gain an appreciation of our lives that we never had before. It’s safe to say, we were comfortable with our freedoms & our privileges.
So maybe the key to all of this is to live simple. Or at least learn to adjust to a more simple life. Then maybe when it becomes normal again, it will actually be new. It will be the newest of normals & we will be better off.
How has this year been for you? Let’s share our stories in the comments
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