Happy Hump Day! We made it mid-week and another post from yours truly. Today, I wanted to dive back into my feelings with 5 things I have learned while being in quarantine. I spent just shy of 2 months only leaving my house for groceries and only seeing my husband. I know that quarantine is not over or at least it has not been lifted here in Ontario yet. However, I have recently landed a wonderful job that requires me to leave the house to work. With this recent change in my life, I wanted to reflect on the things I learned while being isolated. One day, it will be an important part of history and I always want to remember how it affected me and my family.
1. I learned that I can live on much less than I ever thought I could.
We all have those things that we convince ourselves we can’t live without. Whether that be the morning Starbucks, a beer after a long shift or those fake nails. We all have the thing we have learned to live without, and I don’t know about you, but I am thriving. Finding at-home alternatives for these things has been fun and much more cost-effective. I will not be returning to my Starbucks obsession or to the nail salon.
2. I learned that motivation will not get you to your goals, discipline will.
Before quarantine happened, I was constantly looking for outside motivation to reach my goals. I thought that if I kept the motivation up, I will succeed in all that I do. Unfortunately, that is just not true. Motivation usually comes from outside sources, where discipline comes from within. Motivation will fade. It’s how disciplined you are and to your goals. If you want it, you will make it happen.
And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games and learned new ways of being.
And were still.
And listened more deeply.
And meditated, some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
– Kitty O’Meara
3. I Learned that Gratitude is Extremely Important
No, I do not think you need to keep a gratitude log if you don’t want to. However, I do think it is important to express gratitude to the things in your life that you are grateful for. With all the tragedy in the world as of late, I felt an overwhelming urge to be so grateful for my life. Every day we walk through life and take many things for granted. I do not want to do that anymore. I want to be grateful for all I have as I am blessed with love, health, and happiness.
4. I Learned that Slowing Down and Being Still is Ok
We live in an age where people brag about how busy their lives are, it is called a busy culture. I am guilty of this if I am not working, I am throwing myself into cleaning or my next creative adventure. I never stop to just be still and slow down a little. I tried as much as my overactive brain would let me. I read some books, I did some puzzles and I just sat with my thoughts and feelings. It was exactly what I needed to live a simple life for a little while.
5. Lastly, I Learned that Friends and Family are Everything
When push comes to shove you will see who is really there for you. In hard times you always find out people’s true colours and I do not think this time is any different. Hold onto and remember the people who reached out in this time. The people who sat on facetime for hours just so you could hang out. The people who would pick you up groceries when you had to quarantine for 14 days. Those are the people you want to hold close and never let go. Human interaction is important, we all seen it, now who do you want in your corner when this is over?
I know everyone learned their own lessons throughout this time. These were just some of the valuable lessons I learned while being stuck at home. What did you guys learn? Leave a comment, we would love to hear your thoughts. I know this quarantine time isn’t quite over so if you are still struggling just know there is a light and a valuable lesson to be learned. Please everyone stay strong and healthy. I will talk to you all next Wednesday.