It’s easy to focus on all the losses and negativity that have come from COVID-19 spreading around the world. There are so many things that are tragic, difficult and disappointing right now. Each person has experienced their own devastation over the last couple of months. For the first time in my lifetime, every person in the world’s life is affected in some way by the same thing.
It’s easy to dismiss your own feelings and think “I don’t have it as bad as others do.” That may be true, but it doesn’t diminish the fact that you may be mourning your own losses to. Brene Brown describes it as “comparative suffering,” and it isn’t helpful. Accepting your own feelings and what this has left you with is what matters. You can still empathize with others and recognize others’ losses, but you must give yourself time and space to grieve.
I’ve given myself plenty of time to grieve when I need and want to. However, having a nightly gratitude practice has made a huge impact on my attitude and outlook over the last several weeks. It’s helped me look for the silver linings in each day. Here are a few of the silver linings I hope continues when things go back to the “new normal”.
At home workouts
Don’t get me wrong, I desperately miss group workouts. However, I have discovered a new zest for at-home workouts. Many of the Dallas studios have made it very easy, fun, and affordable to work out at home. Silver lining? I can work out any time I want several times a day.
Spending time with the dogs
All of these fur babies aren’t going to know what to do when their humans go back to work. Mine have gone on more walks than their entire lifetime, spend their days snoring by my feet, and a lot of time outdoors. This precious time is the greatest silver lining of them all.
Organizing and cleaning
Organization makes me happy, so I love seeing everyone’s organized closets and cabinets on Facebook. Luckily, I moved on March 15, right as quarantine restrictions started. It gave me nothing but time to unpack, organize and clean.
Can we please keep quarantine kits from restaurants? It feels so old school picking up quality meats and veggies from restaurants to cook at home. I tried several cooked, and uncooked, and love being able to use my kitchen to create some of my restaurant favorite meals.
I’ve seen so many friends reveal new hobbies like bread baking, planting, learning a new language and more. It’s inspiring! I’m not sure if yoga is considered a hobby, but I definitely developed a passion for it during this time. Also, I learned to make perfect chocolate chip cookies, so I am no longer the worst baker in the world.
Exploring the neighborhood
All over social media, I have seen photos and videos and friends and family walking their neighborhoods. When I am not out walking, I sit on my porch and wave at other people walking by. It’s almost like a scene from Pleasantville, and I love it. For the most part, it seems like people are kinder to others right now, and that’s a silver lining I hope continues.
To go margaritas
Please, Govern Abbot, please, let us keep to go margaritas. I miss drinking on our pretty Dallas patios, but I am pretty happy drinking on my own. Restaurants have gotten creative with cocktail kits, frozen drinks, and mixed drinks to go. It’s been a fun way to support local restaurants and work on my own mixology skills.
What are your silver linings from all of this? Leave me a comment below.