This pandemic caught us all off guard and it has impacted us negatively in so many ways - physically, financially, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Our time to be in each others' company was abruptly cut short - meet ups with friends in your favorite hangouts, quick getaways to the nearest beach, or even your weekly quality time with your family. The events that have transpired over the pandemic have forced many of us to make changes in the way we live, and certainly in the way we look at things.
On the other hand, this almost 2-year pause has also led many to realizations that they may have otherwise never picked up on and worked at. Realizations such as giving importance to our health and well-being, making the most productive use of our time, and most importantly, valuing and nurturing relationships that are important to us.
People found ways to entertain themselves during this containment period and discovered things they maybe wouldn't have otherwise, whether it be discovering a new talent, taking up a new hobby, or just connecting with old friends online.
Finding things that make you happy while having a grateful heart, instead of focusing on the negativity we are exposed to everyday, is an easy hack to enrich your life during these tough times, contrary to having a pessimistic point of view and always letting the weight of the world bring you down.
Before the pandemic, it was easy to get caught up with careers, the latest trends, gadgets, and luxuries, only to find out during this crisis that what are really important to us are the simple things, which are more fulfilling than you'd think. Remember that so much of our happiness depends on how we choose to look at the world. It is indeed just a matter of perspective.
We asked some people to share with us what their simple joys have been, living amidst this pandemic.
Willie Anne Yu, 26
In my 26 years of life, I realized it’s the simple things in life that gives me the most joy. I spend most of the week at the office so I really appreciate time I get to spend time with my family (pets included) and friends. My simple joys include grocery runs with my dad (even if he just hurries me most of the time!), fun deep chats with my mom (she’s the funniest when she’s not scolding me), cuddling with my pets, playing games with my nieces and nephews when they’re around, basically just getting to do something fun with people I love brings me so much joy. Although I also enjoy my solo time aka self care days when I’d just work out, read a book, listen to music, clean my room, watch Netflix (beer/wine in hand), or go shopping. I feel that as you get older you appreciate all these “small” things more and when you do finding joy becomes more natural. When you start each day being grateful to Him, the rest just follows.