Hello hello! It has been quite a while since I’ve posted on my blog, and since the semester ended (and I’ve graduated-finally!), I thought it would be the perfect time to finally get back to one of the things I love doing the most, which is of course, writing. Needless to say, the past year and a half were probably the strangest, most unexpected, and challenging time in many of our lifetimes. The COVID-19 pandemic has flipped the entire world upside down and has changed so many functionalities of our daily lives, and will continue to push our boundaries for the next few years to come. I’ve learned so much about myself, the people around me, and the world in such a short span of time and thought that I could share some insight + stories with you all. I’m sure many of you can relate to many of these and if you, feel free to share your thoughts with me directly, because I’d love to hear them!
- There’s a lot to be grateful for (extremely cheesy, but hear me out). When I came back home from university to live with my family at home, I didn’t realize that for the next year we would pretty much be stuck at home and locked away from the outside world. It became scary to go outside, to even see friends, in fear that we would be spreading the virus and getting ourselves and others sick. Seeing the news was petrifying, and only exacerbated the need to stay at home and stay isolated. Even though it was difficult to miss out on formerly essential daily outdoor activities, I sooner or later found solace and serenity in staying at home and spending time with the people I care the most about it. I learned how to find “fun” and happiness from within. I picked up on the classic quarantine pasttimes such as yoga, meditation, reading, journaling, and baking. There’s so much that you can do at home, and being at home really amplified how spending time alone and working on bettering yourself is just as crucial as going out and exploring the world.
- WTF is technology. Obviously, before the pandemic, the world was already becoming globalized and technologically advanced at a rapid pace, but at the onset of COVID, it became evident that technology was not only a means to communicate but a FRIEND. Whether it was Teams, Discord, Google Meet, Zoom, Facetime, or whatever: we needed these to function for our social life, work life, and literally everything else. The good thing is, we’ve clearly all become experts at how to use them, and will continue to use them for years to come.
- More ambitious, driven people. Myself included, I’ve seen and heard from many people that because they’ve seen all the horrible things going on all around the world, and have had time to reflect on worldy issues, they’ve become more motivated to get involved in altruistic activities and passions. I’ve seen more premeds, people deciding go to law school, more social media presence, and volunteering. Even though I’m still trying to figure out how exactly I want to get involved, I’ve become more motivated as ever to give back to the world and play a role in bettering our society.
That’s all for now, but lots more blog posts to come your way! I have tons more passion projects that I’m working on that I can’t wait to share with y’all. As always, thanks for joining me on this (tumultuous), but very gratifying, journey.