Almost eight months in a global pandemic. How are you coping?
As we could see everywhere, rules are a bit loose all over the world now compared to how we were six months ago. Surely, cases are still increasing but, people could not live in fear for such a long time. We all need to keep going, BUT, safety measures should need to be observed AT ALL TIMES!! Y’all already know that! 🙂
When asked how was my 2020 so far, always my answer on the on- set was: “Nothing much happened because we can’t do anything this year due to Covid19 pandemic.”
But today, I took time and discern how is my 2020 going so far? Two months shy away from closing the year and I am already giving my early year-in-review:
– I quit my corporate job in January of this year with a plan of resting for a couple of months, doing some traveling, and spending time with my loved ones.
– I turned down a job offer because the start date coincided with my travel dates, and they needed to fill the position soooo urgently that I could not negotiate the date.
– My travel plan got canceled because Covid19 happened – which left me jobless and stuck at home.
– While unable to get back to the corporate job because of the economy’s downfall, I am lucky enough to turn my part-time job ( online teaching) into a full-time job.
– My family got a massive covid19 threat that had shaken us to the core, but I am glad that it was all over now and that my dad who is a dialysis patient was spared from covid. It goes to show that my old man is one hell of an invincible man. (ok, I am exaggerating)
– Celebrated my 35th bday at home without a party. Thinking about it seemed lonely but, it was fun. My friends, my boyfriend, and my siblings managed to set up a surprise without needing to physically interact with me. All thanks to delivery services now.
– I have spoken to my friends via zoom more now than before the pandemic. Everybody is at home, and it was easier to connect with them all.
– In August, I got a new corporate job! Yey!
– I still work as an online teacher. I am glad I could do this despite the 9-hour-shift with the new job. All thanks to the WFH set-up, no travel time was wasted. I could joggle in between two jobs easily.
– I get to see my dad and my family more often now because the rules are not as stringent as it was five months ago.
– Our family group chat is busier now because we always do video calls.
– etc.. etc..etc..
As I list down all these things, I castigate myself for saying: “ nothing much happened”.
So much has happened, but we focus on who or what to blame.
Surely, my list was a rough rundown of something negative and positive all mixed up, and I failed to see the bigger picture at first. Yes, all these happened mainly because of the covid-19 pandemic, but I realized that instead of focusing on the issue that I could not resolve, might as well shift my attention to the things that I could control and try to find little good things from a tough situation. All we could do is change our perspective. Things did not work out how we planned it because there’s another good thing that’s coming our way, an even better thing.
Not here to preach, this is just my realization.
Here’s hoping you all have a safe remainder of the year!