For many people, the pandemic, if not coming to a close, at least has an end in sight. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not another train coming in our direction.
Throughout the pandemic, I’ve read stories on how people were handling the situation. Now most of the stories focus on how people are dealing with the return to a more normal life. A reoccurring theme in these stories appears to be that there were positive things people did that they want to continue and things they learned that they want to remember. The following are a few of the things I want to remember.
One of the things that I want to remember is that life is short. We need to take full advantage of what we have, while we have it. I think it’s easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day events that we forget to stop and appreciate all that we have, especially the people important to us. We never know how long we will have them, so we need to remember to value and appreciate them while we still do.
I have always suspected that I could be a hermit if I had to. I learned these last many months that, yes, I could become a hermit and be quite happy with it. My husband and I saw the people that were important to us, but we kept it outside. I’d rather continue to keep my social circle small.
I could also be quite happy not having company in the house. Our house felt like a sanctuary with just us and the cats in it. Since my husband doesn’t totally share my views on this, compromise is necessary. We have started to entertain some (mostly kids and grandkids) now that everyone is vaccinated.
What I want to remember about these last two items is that it’s okay; I’m okay. As long as I’m not harming anyone, it’s okay if I don’t fit in with society’s norm of wanting to be with people most of the time.
And, I want to remember to breathe. I want to remember to slow down, breathe deep, relax, and enjoy life.
Although life is returning to something that looks more “normal” it will never be the same, nor should it. The past many months is something that has changed us, and I think we should embrace that, learn from it, and become better because of it. And for me, one of the most important is that I really am okay even if I don’t quite “fit in.”
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