As I write this post, we are living the Covid-19 pandemic, which is something most anyone alive today has never seen before. It is changing the way everyone goes about their daily lives (well most everyone). I know many people are still not following the recommendations and warnings. Many think nothing will happen to them. I suppose this is the same thinking most of us had as young people. When we thought we were invincible, and nothing bad could ever happen to us. The reality is sickness and death are blind to race, color, and age. I find it sad that as information is released, people are still not taking the crisis seriously. No one wants to be isolated from the world, stuck in their houses away from family, friends, and doing the things they love. We all want to lead our regular lives, have the freedom to go for a walk, hang with friends, meet for coffee, take a yoga class, go to the gym, or anything else we choose to do. The things we once took for granted are now things we need to do virtually, behind closed doors, stay several feet apart or separated by glass. The length of time yet to be determined is the scariest part of this whole ordeal.
The question I ask myself is, what now? What do I do day-to-day to get through this? I can’t control the situation. It is what it is. I can’t control anyone else. What I can do is use this time to reflect. Put whatever I need to in order. That might be things in my home, or that might be working on making my dream a reality. It may also mean cleaning out the mental housekeeping. We all need to take inventory of how we treat ourselves and talk to ourselves. Our internal speech can be vicious and hurtful. We can be the hardest on ourselves. These words are there haunting us, keeping us from doing things we want, or need to do. The mental work is the work we continue to put at the bottom of our to-do list because it is the most challenging work. The personal work we shy away from is what will allow us to be the person we truly want to and are meant to be.
You might be thinking you have nothing to fix, but what a better time to look deep within and see if you are truly honest with yourself. As for myself, I am a person that looks and acts extremely confident on the outside, but on the inside, I doubt myself. I don’t feel I’m good enough. This belief has held me back many times in my life. I let my thoughts of what others might think of me foster that opinion. The funny thing is most of this is in my mind. Even with confirmation of my positive attributes from friends, family, and colleagues, they are no match for my brain. So while I am not working and self-quarantined, I will work on loving, honoring, and appreciating myself more.
I also think it’s important to step up my communication game and be a better daughter, mother, friend, yoga instructor, and content creator. It is so important to stay connected to those we love. We are social creatures, and even though we don’t mind being alone, the thought of being forced to remain inside secluded changes the dynamics. It’s more important than ever to reach out by text, phone, facetime, or zoom and connect. Sitting at home listening to the news all day is not the best for keeping our spirits high. There are so many things we can do today that weren’t possible a few years ago. Let’s get creative. I am teaching yoga via zoom. I know my students appreciate staying connected, and I can bring them a much-needed break in their day for some meditation, breathwork, movement, and inspiration. I am also posting positive messages on all my social media accounts. There is no reason to pass along anything negative when people are already fearful.
I enjoy reading emails and posts from companies, businesses, friends, and people I don’t know sharing ways they are helping or want to help others. I believe most people are good; we must not lose faith in humanity. When we come out on the other side of this pandemic, I truly believe things will be different. People will realize how good it feels to support one another, how amazing it feels to get outside and spend time enjoying doing things as a family instead of having their faces stuck in their cell phones all day. I encourage you to look at all the ways you can use this time to get things in order so that when we come out on the other side, we can all live a healthier and happier life.
No one ever knows when their candle will fade away, so it’s critically important living a life filled with purpose and passion for doing extraordinary things, not just required. I have found that it is crucial to do things with meaning as opposed to something to pay the bills. What are you going to do to make the world just a little bit better? Be safe, my friends, and share these words with others.
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