I think most of us can agree, that alot has changed in the last year. Not only have our lives been flipped upside down, but I am sure many of us have deal with grief, depression and anxiety and so many other things. The last year has been such a struggle in many ways. Being isolated from our loved ones and having our daily routines thrown away. Having to adjust to our new normal has been a challenge.
I was sat thinking about this one morning, and I started to think about how everything around me had changed. But began to realise, that I have changed too. I mean, it was going to happen wasn’t it? As humans we adapt to our surroundings. We have to. It’s like we go into survival mode, and I think thats what alot of us have done. And although the last year has been hard, there are some changes I’ve made that I want to keep. Out of the negative of the pandemic have come some really great positives.
MY PRIORITIES HAVE CHANGED
Before the pandemic, I would say that I was pretty comfortable where I was at in life. And I read once that as soon as you get comfortable, thats when you should consider doing something new. I was comfortable in my job, I was comfortable in where I was mentally and physically. But I had this burning desire to do something different.
After being in the second lockdown in the UK, I knew it was time to do something about being comfortable. Pre-pandemic, if you would have asked me if I wanted a new job role I would have said no, not in a million years. I loved my work team and everything I did. I had no reason to change what I was doing. But during the pandemic, an opportunity knocked on my door and I would have been an idiot not to take it. I took the risk, and got out of the comfort bubble I was in and got myself a new job.
My priorities and the things I want in life are so different now. I want different things from life. Material items don’t interest me anymore. I’d rather invest in memories and things that will encourage me to grow. Even as I write this, it blows my mind to think back to how my mindset is completely different.
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The pandemic has changed me in more ways that one. This blog is a result of the pandemic. If I wasn’t at home more and had more free time, this blog would never have come back. Many of you know my blogging journey story, and know that I re-started this blog in the middle of a lockdown. I needed a focus and a hobby to really get into.
Not only did I start my blog, I also began drawing digital illustrations. Something I had never done before. I invested in myself, and now I have made it into a business and have had orders from people all around the world.
More recently over the last 5 months I started my new fitness and lifestyle journey. I started to care for my body, and treat it with respect. I have lost weight, and I have fallen in love with exercise.
Looking back at me pre-pandemic, I don’t think I would even recognise myself. I am a shell of the woman I once was.
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FEELING MORE GRATEFUL
It might sound a little silly, but the pandemic has changed me and really helped me to be grateful for what I have. Which comes back to the change I made in not needing material items. I don’t need things around me. I need family, friends and loved ones. They are the ones that bring me joy. I won’t ever take for granted being able to hug my auntie, and see my nephews. They are the most important parts of my life.
Being grateful that I can go outside and be in the fresh air and nature. I would never have done that before the pandemic. There has been so much heartbreak thats come from coronavirus. But also so much positive and exciting change for alot of us.
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The pandemic has changed me, do you feel like you have changed too? If so, how have you changed? What new habits and hobbies have you discovered?
The last year and a half has been tough and its safe to say that the pandemic has changed me and changed alot of other people too. But one thing I am grateful for is this space I have created. I am grateful everyday that I get to do this, and share these experiences with you all.