I am a content writer who enjoys expressing my thoughts through poetry, travel and well-being tips.
Everyone even now has a unique path and set of challenges they are dealing with, some more so than others. But in the biggest picture amidst this global pandemic, we are truly all in this together.
There will still be highs and lows, good times and bad in this temporary new normal lifestyle we are experiencing. There is other news to follow, and we sometimes forget that, I know I have – because I just want to stay informed as much as possible, until it wears me out and I want to think about, and talk about other things – or just not talk at all for a while and just be.
It’s a time to enjoy some things too, and not feel guilty for doing so. There are plenty of virtual entertainment options for us in the comfort of home in this digital age, as well as ways to keep in touch with friends and family near and far. And other ways to keep things simple and easy - pick up a book you have never got around to reading, work on a puzzle, casually study a new language, or watch a real DVD from years ago (or choose one on Netflix) for a time travel type of escape, preferably a comedy.
One of the biggest challenges for a curious information junkie like myself is I have ended up with a very long to do list, places to go list, things I want to cook list, books to read, music to listen to, and yes stuff to write about. It can become a jumbled maze of ideas. For the first time in years, I can tackle some of those goals at a more sensible pace without the major distraction of bolting from home every chance I could get – either for long work hours, travel, day trips, or just getting out and about in the city. I do miss many of those things, but they kept me from having quiet weekends doing simple things at home for many years (as did working weekends, shift work and helping with parental care up until two years ago) It was hard to get used to not being so busy and multi-tasking, in some ways I suddenly became more free but I mentally held on to the chaos, busyness and lack of focus, because of the strange comfort in it.
I started to realize, even after working at home in the last couple weeks, old habits were starting to make their way back, even though new positive ones were starting. So after feeling a bit overwhelmed the last couple of days, and feeling the distractions and worry creep up, I am going to give myself a break to make a conscious effort to hit the reset button each day or two if need be, and start checking off a few things off my list that will bring some joy and easy accomplishment this month. It's something we can all do, and is simple to do. I will be cooking interesting (but easy!) recipes at a leisurely pace, exercising (and learning steps!) at home to some fun dance videos I newly discovered, organizing and decluttering a little bit at a time, and even just sitting still and letting life be at a slow pace for a while without overthinking it.
The possibilities are many, but we don’t need to do everything at once. But let’s do something a little differently while we have the chance, it is one way to see things in a positive light. Through all of it, let’s be kind, patient with each other - support those in need as best we can and still invest in ourselves, keep up our spirit and sense of hope for the world to get a little brighter in the near future.
© 2020 Nella DiCarlo
Nella DiCarlo (author) from Guelph, Ontario on April 06, 2020:
Thanks everyone for your kind and supportive comments. Continue to take care.
RoadMonkey on April 04, 2020:
It's good to be able to unwind, however, I have a great many things to do around the house, so I am kept busy!
Liza from USA on April 04, 2020:
I'm looking forward to Spring but, it seems like every plan that my husband and I have planned already been canceled and postponed. I have a trip to Malaysia tomorrow but I have to postpone the trip. Things that happen around the world right now it's not safe for traveling. Now, we have to pray and hope that everything will come back to normal again. Stay safe!
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 04, 2020:
I think some of the ways you are feeling are the same for many of us. This is not a time we have ever experienced before, so some adjustment is necessary. I like the way you are now focusing on cooking simple recipes, etc.
Thanks for this uplisfting message. Stay safe and healthy!
Mitara N from South Africa on April 04, 2020:
Filled with a lot of thoughtful and great guidance. Appreciate and support your positivity.
Take care and be safe
Prateek Jain from Madhya Pradesh, India on April 03, 2020:
Your article gives positive vibes in this cruel situation. You have very pure collection of thoughts. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. This is a good start of the day.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 03, 2020:
Your article encourages us all to pause and take the opportunity to reflect on how we make use of the time an enforced change of lifestyle has given us.