These last couple of months have been hard, globally. First, we watched with horror at what was happening in China, then with fear as it started to spread to other countries. Then we started worrying about our own country – will it hit here? And then the seemingly inevitable happened – we had our first case. And the next, and the next. Our government reacted quickly, first encouraging social distancing, then started to enforce it, and then lockdown.
Today, more than 4 months in, we are still only leaving the house for essentials.
Life has become extra challenging
We are in a very bizarre situation, as I am sure all of you will be able to relate with. Although the kids are back in school, they must still be kept busy in the afternoons and over weekends, stimulated enough to keep their brains active and tire their bodies out, I must get to my own work, family must be taken care of, and we need to keep the house neat and clean. Add to that the need for nutritious meals, encouraging the kids to drink water and keeping warm without abusing the electricity and you have a perfect storm brewing.
Life is perfect. Although I am not getting to the work I need to, and I am failing miserably at keeping the kids constructively busy, we are having fun. This time has been a gift – when last did you have the opportunity to spend quality time with the ones you love? And if you are alone during this lockdown, when last did you have the time to spend quality time with yourself?
We are using this precious time to get to know each other. We are cuddling in the mornings, we read book after book, we draw and paint and bake and watch movies the moment we have the chance. I have caught up on most of my filing, have finished admin tasks that I have been putting off for literally YEARS. We are making it work because we have decided that it will work.
Find the rainbow
Rainbows symbolises hope. It stands for a promise, given after someone especially hard. The #rainbowsofhope has taken off, with kids and adults alike creating and sharing their own rainbows. We have spent our fair share of time making our own rainbows, and now I am using this time as my rainbow time – time that I needed in order to make good on promises I made in the past, as well as work on new ones for the future. You have the power to do the same. Make the best of every situation!
Choose joy, choose happiness
There have been days that I felt anxious, depressed, cooped up, irritated, and all of the other negative emotions. Frankly, I felt like that 5 minutes ago. But then I remind myself that this too shall pass, that when you are in the midst of the storm it looks far worse than what it is, and when it has passed you realised it didn’t come to disrupt your life but rather to help you change course or clear the path. When you choose to be happy nothing can get in the way.
This quote from D.H. Lawrence really hit home:
The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We‘ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.
Now is the time to go round, to scramble over the obstacles. Because no matter how many skies have fallen. We have to choose to live.
Until next time, never stop smiling!
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