When December and January comes, it is usually a time people where people reflect over the year, and how fast did 2021 end? It’s hard to even imagine that it has been two years that we have been facing this pandemic. The unpredictability of this pandemic, the snap lockdowns, homeschooling children with additional responsibilities on parents, working overtime, the stress and pressures of daily life. It all just seems like a to juggle on one’s plates as each person tries to do their best to navigate these unchartered waters and challenging times. To be honest, it can be exhausting, and you feel like doing nothing because the body is empty and just coping with the basic routines. We must recognise and acknowledge as there have been things beyond our control constantly. The pandemic has affected each person differently. This is why it is imperative to remind ourselves, which can be complicated and takes being intentional to not compare ourselves or judge others. This can be hard for many reasons, such as when we are exposed to social media, how does it make us feel? Do we feel? (something to think about, which is not always the easiest thing to do. This is especially the case as this involves examining our hearts and self-reflection (alright, back to my point). Each person is unique. They have been raised up with different life experiences and values. So I wanted to express how I admire the resiliency in others. It is hard to describe this feeling, and I don’t take it for granted.
Challenges and hardships are not comfortable. Sometimes, we may not understand why certain events happen and get stuck in a vicious cycle where we question things that we may never answer. This is easier said than done. I am starting to see things in a new light and understand what I have control of. More importantly, this time had shown me to define what is important to me. Time is precious, and you only get one chance to live, which is why I want to be more intentional with my time and what I spend it with and who I spend it with. Some things are bubbling inside me that is waiting to be unleashed, and I will no longer give fear the permission to restrict the new journey I will embark on.