When this year started I decided I wanted to blog more, make more, do more, and I was going in that direction when this pandemic showed up. I had to review my plans, as the rest of the world, and it made me not only think about things, but also about what I really want to achieve – with my life, the years I might still have in me, and where to go.
It also made me really morose. I simply froze up. The first two weeks I was supposed to be traveling I actually stayed home and was on official vacation. I wanted to finish projects, but couldn’t do a thing, and it frustrated me a lot. I wanted to be productive, like so many other people on Instagram and on Facebook, but I simply couldn’t, even when I’d put myself to it. I was failing miserably and feeling awful about it.
Until I realized not everybody was being productive. Those who were, were doing it a different way. That’s when it fell on me that things were going to be different for a longer while then I had thought at first. And it meant everybody would have to adapt at some point, to some extent, because life goes on, in any way possible.
I still want to travel to other countries and other cities, but we will have to wait for a while. Not only because of restrictions, but also because of money. And that’s when I started considering the things I could do without abandoning social distancing and keeping most people safe. I can still learn a language, learn to play an instrument, learn to be more patient and learn to make new things. I can still talk to and see people from around the world, thanks to the internet and broad band transmissions.
I still can do so many things… so why do I complain? Why is this not enough? Actually it is, but we’ve been instilled with this idea that we need more, more, more, while in reality we need less. We can have more, but we don’t need it. We need more love, more understanding and more serenity in life, and less things. We complain because we’ve been taught to want more, while in reality we need to learn to see better, be more and have less.
So one thing I’ve learned from this pandemic life: it’s time to be more, have less, and enjoy life as it is. And keep our social distancing, of course, because we still want to protect others and ourselves in this situation. So that it won’t become a pandemonium.