I know I’m not alone in saying that the last four months (or is it five now?) have been one wild ride. A ride I certainly wish we were able to get off of and one most of us were never prepared for. I’ve now been furloughed for FOUR MONTHS. This is officially the longest I’ve ever gone without working since I can remember; it’s weird and scary. I try to find the good in it but some days I just can’t, and that’s okay.
The other day I was reflecting on these last few months. While feeling like they are both a blur and yet very clear; I realized that I’ve learned quite a bit of life lessons during this pandemic. I thought I would share them here today!
1. Saying you’re not comfortable is enough of an explanation/reason. *Say it one more time for the people in the back to hear* Not being comfortable is ENOUGH OF AN EXPLANATION/REASON.
2. Not making the most out of every second of this furlough time is okay.
3. It’s okay to not be okay.
4. Distancing yourself from something that is no longer serving you well is not only okay but necessary.
5. It’s okay to be a pessimist about something but it’s nice to have a sliver of optimism in there as well.
6. Sitting with your own thoughts can be uncomfortable but it’s important to work through that uncomfortableness.
7. ALWAYS trust your gut, it will never fail you.
8. If it seems like a wolf in sheeps clothing, chances are it’s a wolf.
9. Good mental health also comes from good physical health.
10. Sometimes the only thing that will fix a bad day is a big glass of wine and frenchie cuddles.
11. Sunshine and gardening can soothe your soul.
12. Not only is it important that we care for ourselves but its imperative that we care for others as well.
13. Check in on those you love and care about even if you think you’re bugging them.
14. Try it yourself first and if you screw it up then call in the professionals (within reason, of course… as long as you’re not putting yourself in danger).
15. We need a new President. This I knew prior to the pandemic, but it’s solidified more and more every day.