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Wake up, work, eat, workout, chill, eat, sleep, and repeat… among this routine, there is also time to think and reflect on life (both the good and the not so good, the present and the future, and also what is lacking in our lives).
Does the narrative above sound familiar or highly relatable? Because this is definitely the routine that this COVID-19 pandemic has imposed on many of us.
It is definitely a challenging time for many of us, in our youth years of life, where we are meant to be out and about, socializing, getting to know people, dating, and having fun. But with the number of cases of COVID still remaining quite high, there is a slight delay in being able to go back to our so called “normal” lives.
Though at times, it may be boring to stay at home, and repeat this routine each day, I would like you to think of the positive aspects of this experience. Around this same time, pre-covid times, did you spend the same amount of time with your family? Did you have the time to sit and think of the goals that you’d like to set and how to achieve them? Did you have the same amount of time for your personal growth? Did you have the same amount of time to invest into new hobbies such as cook, bake, draw, read a book, or go for walks outside? This pandemic has given many of us, including myself the opportunity to create new memories, objectives and habits that we probably would not have created if we were not given this opportunity. Being optimistic and hopeful that this virus will disappear very soon, I believe we need to enjoy the time we have been given to enjoy new things in life and make each moment count rather than dreading the whole experience. If you miss being able to socialize outside at a nice restaurant or lounge, and hanging out with your friends, girlfriend, boyfriend, cousin, partner, whomever… just be grateful they are a videocall or text away and that you can still communicate and do fun things with them virtually such as play a game, have a virtual drink and food map, or watch a movie together.
I am definitely fed up with not being able to go out and socialize like many of you but remember that this is only temporary and when we come out of this pandemic together very soon, we will be able to go back to “normal”.
We all have faced and continue to face various challenges as a result of this pandemic, whether it be our goals, our personal relationships, our physical and mental health, or something else. These challenges will make us as an individual stronger. It will make our relationships stronger. And most importantly, it will allow us to put this pandemic aside and live the life we choose to live. Yes, you might be stuck at home but remember that you are staying safe and protecting yourself and your loved ones so that when this pandemic is gone, you can live life to the fullest.
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