Lessons from the Pandemic

.

Dear Readers, What the pandemic has taught me.

Summer 2020 Atlantic city

Before the pandemic I had no idea how out of touch with reality I was. My reality a year ago was grinding and not making much progress in areas of my life that truly mattered. I was on a treadmill moving, but going nowhere, or at least I wasn’t seeing the progress for my efforts. I can’t be the only one emerging out of this pandemic a changed person. There is a saying that â€œ there is a blessing in the storm.” What has happened to this world was more than a bad storm, and regardless of whether our government withheld information about this virus, it came, destroyed, changed course and hit us with a second wave. It’s been 1 years and 2 months, and  we continue to struggle. Although we may have lifted ourselves above the eye of this pandemic there are people who are unable to pick up the pieces and move forward for various reasons. I have used all the available resources to ensure my mental and emotional health. Summer is coming and I looked forward to being outdoors as much as possible. I am thankful for the down time, peace and space to reflect on life. I have pressed the reset button here is what the pandemic has taught me.

1. I am not going back to the same work grind. 

2. I realize I can live on less and save more ( had time to reflect on the ways I was wasting money). 

3. I have a  plan for retirement that’s achievable ( before the pandemic I had no idea how to retire or what was needed to have a successful retirement ). 

4. I am finally in a position to change careers. During the pandemic I took advantage of online classes acquiring the needed certification for my new career. 

5. I will stop delaying traveling starting with this year’s  ( 2021) cross country drive from New York City to California. This has been on my bucket list for 15 years. And yes, I will be blogging about this experience. 

6. I will no longer deny myself any pleasure things like dining out, Broadway plays, weekend getaway, spa treatments, girls night out, spending the holidays with my mother ( she lives in South Carolina).

7. Finally going to adopt a dog I have been wanting to do this for years.I live alone and will welcome a 4 legged companion. I went through the pandemic home alone and it was difficult.

Most importantly, I am kinder to myself. Right now I am happier and peaceful than I have been in years. I am looking forward to the future with better clarity and with an achievable plan. 

To the people of  the blogging community remember this W.I. N. think about What’s Important Now?

Summer 2018 in California
Summer 2020

Thank you for stopping by dragthepen

4 thoughts on “Lessons from the Pandemic

  1. Congrats to you, I’m happy for you. Coming out of homelessness right at the start of the pandemic definitely allowed time for me to not only reflect, but also catch up on some life matters. Our list are almost identical, lol. I too began traveling. My 1st time on a plane was Mother’s Day week & my kids have been begging me to get a companion dog for my seizures since I too live alone.I salute you, continue pushing forward my Queen!!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s