Exercising patience during the pandemic

It seems like patience is the name of the game these days. More so than it used to be before this whole COVID-19 situation came into our lives. Now, you need to wait for almost everything you used to get in a blink of an eye.

Most probably, you are trying to take care of some things that you used to outsource in the past. Like in my family, where we took turns to cut each other’s hair the other day. Which turned out to be lots of fun. The outcome was much more successful than we expected too.

Being able to take care of a few things by yourself that you didn’t before is cool. But there are some things that you can’t handle no matter what. For example, if you have a sore tooth, there’s not much you can do other than taking pain killers and waiting for your dentist to re-start accepting patients. Or, if you need to move out of your house, you will have to, again, wait to hire people to help carry heavy stuff.

You are not allowed to take your special friend out for a nice dinner. No get-togethers with friends and family, or a trip to the playground with your children.

Yes, it’s hard to wait but…

Lots of things that you took for granted are not in your reality at the moment. Sports events that you loved watching are gone. Streaming movies at home replaced the movie nights out. You cannot invite friends over. And birthday celebrations turned into drive by events.

Even though it has been a hard pill to swallow, this mandatory stay-cation reminded you to be humble. It thought you to live within your means. You became more self-sufficient and creative. Furthermore, you proved that human beings are resilient. Respecting each other’s personal space, and showing your compassion while keeping social distancing became your second nature.

You are patient and this too shall pass eventually. But when it does, boy oh boy;

  • You will cherish every little thing that was taken away from you during the pandemic,
  • Even grocery shopping with a friend or your spouse will become a pleasure,
  • Getting back together with your colleagues will remind you that you still are a part of a team,
  • Visiting with family and friends will again be possible,
  • Being able to travel abroad again will be a huge pleasure,
  • Gratitude will be a common feeling by everyone for a safe planet, and
  • You will kiss and hug a lot to make up for the lost time.

In the meantime;

You just need to be patient a little bit longer. Just hang in there and look at the bright side. See the obstacles as opportunities for a significant change in your perspective toward life. Make plans just to create something to look forward to. Try something that will bring joy, happiness, excitement and remove monotony from your day.

Because life is good no matter what it throws our way. You are strong, you are loved, and patience is your middle name.

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