Almost a month in quarantine and I still haven't been able to put into words any of the feelings I had, have and continue to discover.
I try to focus on the silver lining. However, I still endure overcoming many frustrations during these days.
So I discovered 3 "categories" on how I seem to perceive this whole situation with the main goal of focusing on the good and the learnings: The good, The New, and The help.
In THE GOOD goes all the good news this pandemic has brought. Most of this aspect regards our environment on a global scale. You probably heard about the rivers in Venice; but I would also like to mention the reduction of CO2 emissions in China, the clear air in main metropolitan cities around the world, and many species are wandering around way more often than when we (as the human race) are around.
Another silver lining for me is the fact that I am able to retake yoga classes with my favorite instructors around the world. This is THE HIGHLIGHT of my days. Doing yoga is helping me keep grounded, grateful, and focused these days. It is important to keep an open heart and embrace the changes to come.
I am being more organized with my schedule. Sharing a 30m2 apartment 24x7 with my husband has been challenging for both of us. We continue to make it work, but it is key to find a schedule that works for both parties on a personal and professional matter. Respecting each other’s personal space, working hours, and workouts/yoga time.
Writing is also a very important item of this list. Being more organized has made it more viable for me to find a moment each day to sit and work on “The Blog”. Slow but steady. That’s just how it goes, and it’s OK.
THE NEW. This is not about any new skills I decided to learn during this time, but things I’ve been learning and reaffirming by force majeure.
Patience is one of the first things that comes to mind. Being patient with myself, my husband, our mood swings, the circumstances in general. Taking one day at a time.
Feeling anxious can be pretty common for me. My way of dealing with it: yoga and meditation; especially in times like these. This may not work for everyone, but if you are feeling anxious and the feeling of claustrophobic is getting the best of you, I highly recommend you to sit down, maybe put on a song you like, take a few deep breaths, and focus on that (ONLY THAT) for a couple of minutes. It’s OK to stop and feel overwhelmed.
I won’t deny that some silly and corkiness has appeared (intensively) as well as painting mandala and playing board games. Dancing is also a good way to get that energy out there, transforming fears and negativity into positive vibes. Laugh. Make sure you laugh and try your best to stay resilient.
Acceptance. This is a big one. Recognizing the good and the bad. Being grateful for both. This process is constant and probably the most personal one. This pandemic has brought a lot of hard decisions, pain, and sadness to many people. This is why we must be able to embrace life and be conscious when we decide to go outside. Remember, this won’t last forever. It will pass.
I also had to reprioritize some aspects of my life regarding reducing waste. By doing my grocery shopping in the nearest shops I can’t go to my favorite ZeroWaste stores nor buy all the natural-plant-based products I usually buy. Therefore; I’m trying to focus on what matters: staying home.
New feelings enter the scene too. Not sure if I can describe them properly. I have these mixed feelings of being homesick, worrying about my family, friends, and more; and at the same time, I feel repulsed by the fact that there are people that just won’t seem to understand the consciousness and awareness we must have with ourselves and others. People traveled even though they knew what was going on, being stuck in other places, going to the countryside to be in self-isolation and others. I also saw videos of people pointing fingers to those that might not fully understand the severity and importance of social distancing. Instead of trying to talk and explain to them, they film and complain about how others are “misbehaving”. Now more than ever is a time to leave our differences aside, help each other (staying at home), and be the best version of ourselves as a global society. We must be civilized, centered, and understanding with others. We live in a world where opportunities aren’t the same for everyone yet, and if you are reading this you are probably one of the lucky ones. Keep that in mind when you see someone who might need a helping hand or someone to explain what we are going through. We are all humans. We all make mistakes and we must not judge.
Hearing stories, reading the news and keeping up to date while trying not to over or miss-inform myself I couldn’t help but wonder what would be ways to help in times like these. Bringing us to the last one of the “categories” of my thoughts and feelings.
THE HELP. The Help is a list of brainstorming ideas on ways we can still help others in times like these. First and most importantly STAY HOME. If you can help a neighbor who is part of the high-risk-group do it by getting the groceries for them. If you know how to sew and you have some extra fabrics and thread, you can sew chin-straps and donate them to the nearest hospital or maybe you know a doctor in your building or neighborhood who can take them for you. If (AND ONLY IF) you have total certainty of not being a risk for anyone, you might consider donating blood. Many blood banks are starting to collapse due to the high volume of patients, we must remember that health care centers still have other patients to attend as well.
Some organizations are making plastic masks for hospitals’ staff, accepting donations, and more. If you know any of these types of projects please feel free to share in the comment section.
Once again, these are only some ideas I had. PLEASE DO NOT GO AND START DOING THEM WITHOUT TOTAL CERTAINTY AND CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR ACTIONS. I had these ideas but haven’t done any of them because I live in a country where I don’t speak the language, I don’t know any neighbor who might need an extra hand, and there was a bus earlier this week for people who wanted to donate blood but I just couldn’t make my mind around it. So remember, the best way to help is STAYING AT HOME.
So yes, we are all uncomfortable with our current situation, don’t take it personally. We are all going through a quarantine period and it’s OK to be frustrated about it. The only thing we can focus on is how we are going to deal with it. There will be days harder than others; remember to breathe and accept whatever you are feeling, hug it, say thank you, and let it go.
I hope this message came across as I intended. I hope I was able to hug you, wherever you are. We are in this together and we will come out stronger. If you want to help somehow do research first. Every country and city is taking different measures. Look for the organizations where you can donate, talk to a neighbor in need, but above all STAY HOME. Organize your groceries shopping, try to go out as little as possible (we try to go once a week for groceries), and speak with your loved ones. Nowadays there are many ways to stay connected. Inform yourself and read good news too. Remember: This too shall pass.
And last but not least; THANK YOU! Thank you to all of you who are on the frontline every day, risking your lives. Thank you for your efforts, restless nights, and crazy hours. Everything you do is much appreciated.
Live, Love & Laugh
A True Nomad's Story - Sol Acevedo