Lessons Learned From Quarantine
As we enter another week of quarantine here in lower New York, I cant quite believe how quickly the weeks are flying by. I am a huge advocate of making the most out of every.single.day. but these days seem different. Even though I am in complete control, it somehow doesn't feel that way when the days seem to all melt together.
Some good has come from these blurring weeks though - I have had plenty of time to think and reflect on these new, albeit temporary, ways of normalcy. Here are some lessons I have learned from quarantine:
Lesson 1 : Time flies no matter what
Whether we are making the most of our time or spending our days on the couch finishing Netflix, the days go by. The fact is, we will never be any younger than we are today. Sobering, huh?
Good news! It's not too late. Many websites and schools are offering free access to online courses and free trials to different programs so now is the perfect time to take advantage of the opportunity for growth. Learn something new, try out a service you've been eyeing or improve your skills during your downtime.
We may not be able to get next day delivery on Amazon shipping right now, but your prime membership also gives you access to movies, shows, documentaries, books and audio albums.
There are tons of free resources available all over the net, but here are a few of my favorites:
Nikon is offering free access to their photography courses for April here.
Coursera is offering a ton of free courses you can finish in a day here.
Lesson 2 : Expect the unexpected
Times like theses are unprecedented but life throws curve balls all the time. There's no better time than now to take a serious look at what prepared for the future looks like; to start identifying problems and creating solutions. We will get through this, how we get through it depends on us.
Statistics say most households are one financial event away from bankruptcy so perhaps its time to look at your finances and address and deficits in the numbers or even address the behaviors that created the deficits. Personal finance is 80% behavior and 20% knowledge, it's often not that we don't know what to do, we just don't do it. Start doing it!
Lesson 3 : What I do affects you and what you do affects me
Not just now as a virus is spreading around the world, but everyday as well. The same way a smile can brighten someone's day, an attitude can tank it. We can't control anyone else in this life but we can control ourselves. Let this be a time of radical self responsibility. Now is the time to show up powerfully in the world and be exactly what you think it needs. If you believe the world needs more kindness, do everything you can to show kindness. More humility? Act with grace. We get to lead others by leading ourselves but we can only do that effectively when we take responsibility for who we are being. Don't be fooled into thinking you don't have a choice. You do You always do. Let love guide you and your moral compass lead the way.
At any given time, if you always do what you think is right, you will never have regrets. Life is too short for regrets anyway.
What you do affects me so please, take good care of you.
This too shall pass and it will be another moment in history we look back on with a story.
How do you want to remember this?