Like many of you, the world seems a bit upended right now as we navigate the Covid-19 outbreak and how we are currently living our lives. I’ve been trying to focus on positives, while keeping reality in mind as well, and thought I’d share my list with you today. Maybe it will give you a moment of pause to think of the positives for yourself, as well. Shall we?
- I still have a job I can do. As a self-employed woman, I still have work to do and will still have income. True, it may change during the coming months but for now, I can still work. And that is a huge plus.
- I can do my job from home. This is an upside for some people; not so much for others like our heroic healthcare workers, essential services workers (and yes, our grocery store employees are right in the mix of people working so hard for their communities), and other workers who quite simply cannot do their jobs from home.
- I’m an introvert. I’ve seen a lot of introverts joke that they’ve been training for social distancing their whole lives, but it’s true. Social interaction is less critical for me on a daily basis so I’m not feeling those pangs of missing something. I need to remember to keep messaging my more extroverted friends, for whom this is a bit more challenging.
- I can give myself manicures at home. I was thinking about all of my gel and acrylic nail wearing friends who won’t be able to go into the salon for a while and that would suck! I started doing my nails at home more during the past year (honestly? I’ve been mostly an at-home nail girl most of my nail polish wearing life), and it gives me a bit of down time and relaxation. (I did a video recently showing you my basic at-home routine, which I learned from Olive & June, if you want to check it out!) My advice? Keep your nails short, and don’t get down on yourself if you’re not great at it. It gets easier with time.
- My hair is already gray. I saw a funny meme about how now people are going to know what color a lot of people’s hair really is. I chose stop coloring my hair a few years back and even though I’m sure it would make me look younger, I’m glad for it now. Plus, I’m too frugal to pay for a color job. I hope if you’re stressed about hair that you know this isn’t forever and our salons will hopefully resume operations in the coming months.
- I still have healthcare coverage. My hubby is a public school teacher and he is still getting paid and still providing our healthcare. That’s a plus.
- My whole family is home. I am choosing to see this as a positive. My son may not be on the same page, but there are positives to this he just can’t see yet.
- I can go for walks, or drives. If I want to get out of the house, I can. In Minnesota, we are not presently under a shelter in place order, so we can still move about as needed. I was having a moment yesterday, and decided to get into my car and go pick up my tax returns from my accountant, who has been doing a contact-less pick-up/drop off for as long as I can remember. It felt good to have sun streaming into my car and to go do something.
- Video chat get-togethers can happen. Last night, my favorite neighborhood people held a happy over Zoom. It was really great to see all of their faces and to hear their updates on how everyone was doing. I know that both of my adult children are attending their respective college classes using Zoom and it can be a great way for adults to catch up with each other, too.
- I’m not fighting this. I have no control over this global situation. None. I can only respond every day and try to see what is true and what is needed. Any frustration or pain I’m experiencing, while normal, is nobody’s fault. It’s just life right now. Just writing that out alone helps me to feel a bit softer inside. A bit less on edge. It also reminds me to extend a bit more grace and understanding to those around me. No one really had a road map at the ready for this and we are all doing the best we can with the changing circumstances.
So those are a few positives I’m seeing right now. I would love for you to share any from your life in the comments below. Thanks for reading today. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to make scrapbook pages for January and February.
Be well, friends.