“We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.” ~Blaise Pascal
Or to be more candid, learning to. According to the Cambridge dictionary, uncertainty is “a situation in which something is not known or the feeling of not being sure what will happen in the future.” I couldn’t have said it better even if I tried. I’m sure most of you would agree with me that – life is full of uncertainties. When I first sat down to write this post over a month ago, it was going to be an update on my job search plus ways I was dealing with not knowing what was going to happen next. Little did I know the entire world would have to deal with the disruption of the covid-19 pandemic.
Life changed so suddenly, and we are all trying to adapt to this new normal. Schools have been closed and social gatherings have been banned. While some people have the privilege of working from home, others have been laid off, and others like me wonder if we will get hired anytime soon. No one know how long this is going to last and what lies on the other side of the pandemic. Life as we know it will certainly change. I think for the most part, it will be for the better. This season has taught us the value of relationships. We have an even greater appreciation of frontline workers who are putting their lives at risk to make sure we have the essentials we need to live on and to look after the sick. We have been forced to stop and truly evaluate our lives; to embrace the stillness and be alone with our thoughts.
Personally, things haven’t changed too much for me. I’m currently living an introvert’s dream lol. I do miss a few things outdoors though like the salon (hair and nails) and church. I’m doing what I can when I can. Some days I wake up and I’m productive – apply to jobs, take online courses, or read. On other days, I stay in bed all day and binge watch Netflix while eating ice cream. I have learned that the productive and not-so-productive days all serve a purpose. This is not the time to be hard on yourself. This is the time to take care of yourself especially mentally. So, go ahead and watch that TV show, read that book, write that poetry, host virtual happy hours with friends, work out… the list is endless. Do what makes sense for you in this season. Take care of you. We’ll get through this!