Am I going to survive this? that was my initial thought when Hawaii was put on statewide lockdown last March 25th. I am so not used to staying home, my body runs on activity and my mind is fueled by critical thinking at work. The first few days were tough to be completely honest about it. While technically I am still working albeit virtually, it still is different without patient to treat. All day it was just me and my furry baby, a.k.a my executive assistant, while my husband is at work. The first time I had zoom meeting, my dog made crazy sounds of annoyance, like “who are these hoomans on the screen? why so many voices? Mommah I’m confused!” Eventually, even her got used to my daily morning meetings. So yeah the period of adjustment was rather short-lived. But why will I even miss things after the lockdown is lifted? This pandemic cost so many lives, million people were left unemployed and both huge and small businesses had to close for good. It’s heartbreaking how a single potent virus led to all of these misfortunes. But amidst the uncertainties, I always look at the brighter side. That silver lining when this is done and over with.
First on my list if of course, my all-day bonding with Winkles. In seven weeks since lockdown, she developed a new routine with me and I know she will miss it too. Things like:
Having breakfast out in the yard. I play spa music while I drink my tea and listen to the birds chirping. Winkles does her morning run in the yard and also enjoy sightseeing the birds.
Getting my dose of Vitamin D everyday, enjoying the cool breeze while my skin hugs the sun in the morning (before 8am, the perfect time to be out in the yard).
Drinking my freshly made smoothies which Winkles gladly partake as well.
Preparing gourmet-style dinner for husband and myself.
Exercising nearly everyday out in the yard as the sun begins to set.
Writing regularly for the blog.
Glamming up even if I’m not going anywhere.
Dressing up in style while working from home.
Making jewelries again.
Doing more self-care than usual like at home-facials, painting my nails, hair care and the like.
Keeping up regularly with friends and loved ones.
Yes I will miss the aforementioned because I am guilty of neglecting most of these things. Being a true blue workaholic, I tend to forget, stop and appreciate the simple joys in life. During this lockdown, I learned to slow down and be mindful of things, situations and people that truly matter to me. So as I go back to work next week, I will treasure these experiences and hopefully implement changes in my life so I don’t miss out anymore…the joys of living simply and abundantly.
What about you? what positive lesson or experience you learned so far from this lockdown?