“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.” —Maya Angelou
Y’all this pandemic has been something. This is the one time we can honestly say we’re all going through the same thing. When 2020 started, I never imagined a highly contagious virus would shut down the world. Yet, here we are, adopting to the new normal of washing our hands aggressively, wearing face masks, social distancing and living the last two months in the four corners of our homes.
On a global stand point, the world has taken a great hit as a result of this pandemic. Many have lost their jobs or taken a huge pay cut; healthcare workers are in the middle of the fire, often isolated from their families due to high contact with infected patients; pregnant women are facing labor without the community they may have planned for; weddings are being pushed back or held over zoom.
On a personal level, my travel plans are canceled, work has taken a new turn, content creation is a bit harder since I can’t really go anywhere. Yet, even in these hard times, I honestly have been blessed in this season of social distancing. Honestly, this year started tough for me because I had so much disappointment and I wasn’t sure how to navigate my losses. However, the world pausing gave me the guilt free time to rest, re-assess my goals and get my life together. Y’all, I’m in the best shape I’ve been in a while physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. I haven’t left my house in 8 weeks and I’ve had a lot of time to heal.
I wanted to share some of the lessons I learned that you may identify with.
- Life Is Short: I’m a huge advocate for living in the moment. Not really in a YOLO way as most people think, but intentionally living your life everyday. I think we get so caught up with the things happening around us and to us that we fail to recognize the state of being alive. This pandemic has encouraged me to continue living my life to the fullest. My time on this earth is limited and often out of my control. So when I wake up daily, I want to live my best life. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
- Jobs Are Temporary: The current unemployment rate worldwide is alarming. I know so many people who’ve been laid off. What a tragic thing to go through in the middle of a pandemic. However, it’s an eerie reminder that the job we hold so dear to can easily be taken away. With that in mind, you have to keep your options open and work to get multiple steams of income.
- Health is Wealth: Everybody wants to be healthy but the reality is no one can actually buy health. You can buy medicine and healthcare services, however, you can’t buy health. I hate being sick because it’s such a horrible experience on any level. Earlier this year, I got really sick and had severe digestive issues. Being sick for 3 weeks really put a lot of things in perspective. My health can never be bought and I need to do my best to take care of my health while I have it.
- Always Save Money: Anyone who knows me can testify I’m heavy on savings. I spend a lot but my savings game has been on point for the last couple of years. This pandemic has caused me to go into a more aggressive mode of saving money. Life can hit us with a curve ball at any second and you need to have a fall back plan. If you’re not saving, please I urge you to develop this habit. Also consider getting a side hustle to bring in income specifically for your savings.
- We Need God To Survive: God is everything. He’s truly everything. He heals me daily. He gives me purpose. He gives me peace that passes any worldly understanding. God has carried me through this season and I’ve grown closer to him throughout this period.
I hope you found this blog insightful. We all have our unique experience in this pandemic and I’m sure we’re learning a lot. I’m curious to know what you’ve learned in this time. What are some lessons you’re learning and how are you coping on this season? Please leave your comments below. Thanks for reading beauties! Until next time, you can keep up with me on Instagram @itsdeborahqueen.