I know COVID-19 is one of the many reasons people say 2020 is the absolute worst year/worst start to a new decade. However, being quarantined and forced to be by myself has been good for my self-growth.
As I prepare to go back to school (because I do have four in person classes on campus this semester), I’ve reflected on all that I’ve learned/reminded.
I wanted to share everything COVID’s Quarantine has taught me.
EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION. RESPECT & IGNORE THEM.
This is a lesson I had to learn quickly since I stayed with a highly opinionated relative for most of quarantine. Respecting and ignoring people’s opinions is how I kept my sanity these past few months.
I don’t know why people feel entitled to force their opinions on other people. The most obvious example is politics, but I’ve also seen it at work with customers expressing their like and dislike for masks. Even though they’re mandatory in the store now, some customers still refuse to wear them.
Listening to other people’s opinions can hold you back in life. It’s important to distinguish what’s important/worth listening to and what’s not.
There is a big difference between a forced opinion and a mere suggestion or idea.
I AM IN CONTROL.
For the past month, I’ve been playing with the idea of returning to YouTube because I loved everything about filming and editing. During quarantine, I realized a large reason I stopped is because I was scared of confrontation from people I used to let have control over my life– people who took my independence. As I played with the return to YouTube, I realized I am in control of me, and if a situation of confrontation arises, I am strong enough to handle it.
LIFE IS MORE THAN A 9 TO 5.
I’ve always been scared of getting a corporate job that didn’t make me happy and allow me to be creative. I used to get scared I wouldn’t have a social life or time to date.
Taking Skillshare courses to learn different digital art software taught me that life is what you make time for. For example, if you only stress about work and focus your attention on that 9 to 5, it’ll become your life.
SALT WILL BE MY DEMISE.
I’ve fallen in love with tortilla chips since COVID took over the world, and that’s not okay. As an African American woman with high blood pressure running in her family, it is not good for my health. However, tortilla chips are soooooo good.
I AM ABSOLUTELY AWFUL AT VIRTUAL COMMUNICATION.
This is something I’ll have to keep working on because I feel like I’ve failed at keeping in contact with people since returning home in March.
I prefer face-to-face communication and writing letters back and forth. Texting, calling, and Snapchatting give me anxiety.
THERE IS ALWAYS GOOD IN THE BAD.
I’m someone who is trying to be positive during this Corona Chaos. Yes, the world is literally falling apart, but in my personal life, good things happened in the midst of the chaos.
My entire semester of learning was disrupted, and because of that, I got a new car and dropped toxic friends. Bad days at work showed me who was truly there for me (especially when I started bawling in front of a customer). Fraudulent bank account activity led me to getting a new card early, something I already would’ve had to do in November. People are paying attention to the lives and well-being of black people, and it is beautiful to see so many people supporting the Movement.
The COVID Quarantine has brought a new sense of gratitude, and it’s genuinely beautiful.
Be you. Be true.