Do you see the forest first, or the trees?
I see buildings, cars, and trees, in that order. It is night time at the moment, so I can also see the city lights and it is past 9 p.m on a Saturday night.
On a usual Saturday night, I would sit on my balcony and listen to the music that’s played in the plaza downstairs. But, because of COVID-19, that is not happening anymore. There isn’t any more music or people walking around the plaza. It has gotten really lonely.
Gazing out my window, I can also see a clear night sky with no stars. Light pollution, right? The only good thing about light pollution is that it somehow reflects on the number of people that live in this city, and the many that are staying at home on a Saturday night. We can only thank quarantine for that. I see a traffic light with a couple of cars waiting for the light to change. Aren’t these people supposed to be at home? Are they front-line workers? I wonder…
I see a bus that didn’t stop, I guess nobody was at the bus stop and the light had already changed to green. Coffee shops and restaurants are all closed. How come there is a parking enforcement vehicle parked in the corner? There shouldn’t be any cars parked in the plaza for them to give tickets too. Very strange…
And with my gaze back indoors, I look at my computer screen realizing I’ve already written too much and my phone is blinking with notifications. I should probably check it. Funny enough, one of the notifications is from Netflix advising on what I should watch tonight.
Looking at the couch now…Thank you, Netflix, for understanding my moods.
My inspiration today comes from the WordPress.com writing prompts guide.
Tell us about a time where everything you’d hoped would happen actually did.
There aren’t that many successful moments in our lifetime, sometimes we don’t even remember them. We do remember, however, the successful and beautiful moments that do happen.
Success to me means accomplishing or completing a goal that we set for ourselves. For example, finish reading a book, learning and cooking a recipe, and many more. You should know your own goals.
During this quarantine, I have been successful many times, or so I think.
One of my goals this year was to get back to writing and guess what? I did and I am still doing it. I have to thank COVID-19 for that. I also got back to playing the guitar, which was something I really wanted to do for the longest time but never really cared for it. Somehow Netflix always got in the way. Excuses, excuses...
Also, I didn’t think I was going to be exercising while being stuck at home. But hey, somehow I always make the time for it, and even if it is for 15 minutes, I wake my heartbeat up and get the blood flowing. Everyone should try it, trust me – it will change your day completely!
I guess it hasn’t been that bad being stuck at home after all …
Anyone else been successful at completing personal goals during quarantine?
My inspiration today comes from the WordPress.com writing prompts guide.
I can’t believe I made it to Day 30 of daily writing and posting. Time went by so fast, it seemed like an eternity when it all began on April 1st with the word Joke.
I am grateful for the month of April – for being the month where I got back to writing – for both my hands and fingers, which are the ones that allow me to type and text.
I am grateful for my laptop and the desk below it. The lamp and my eyes that give me light and allow me to see and decipher what I am writing.
Grateful for having a roof over my head, with working heater for when it’s cold and A/C for when it’s hot, and the electricity to make them work.
Grateful for having access to the Internet and to be able to stay in touch with loved ones.
Grateful for having a job and to be able to pay my bills.
Last, but not least,
Grateful to be healthy, to be alive, and to be able to feel things. To feel love, sad, depressed, anxious, hungry… Those are reminders that we are still alive.
I guess there is a reason why I did not make this list yesterday. It had to be saved for today.
And with April gone, May comes the fun. With longer days, and trees in bloom.
We are yet, still at home…
This word caught me a little bit off guard.. It doesn’t tell me anything or inspires me to write, really.
I was going through my camera roll on my phone to see if I could find a picture or video that I could use, but I didn’t find anything. All I found were pictures of food, morning coffee, and random memes or recipes I found online. And then it hit me…
Waking up every day and following your morning routine of brushing your teeth, having coffee, and breakfast is something that we all do at our own pace. So, I am substituting the word tempo for pace. It works, right? Whether you take your time to get ready or do everything in a hurry, that is what works for you. Everyone lives their life at a different pace or tempo.
Amid COVID-19 and having to be quarantined at home, the tempo of my routine changed drastically. I would only come home in the evening to have dinner and head straight to bed. Days went by really fast back then and sometimes I didn’t even have time to look myself in the mirror.
Now, I wake up without needing an alarm in the morning. I take my time to go to the bathroom while I ask Google to play the news. I take the time to select which type of coffee I will be drinking, and head to the balcony to spend a good 15-20 minutes under the sun, sipping on my coffee and listening to nature’s morning sounds. I then think about what my breakfast is going to be, which let’s be honest, I have eggs every day, but is nice to actually have the time to think about it.
By the time I’m done eating, I’m ready to start a stress-free day..
Which one do you prefer? Do you enjoy a fast-paced life? or like having the opportunity to take your time in the morning?
Well, this whole pandemic is a big curveball…
It is forcing all of us to stay at home and pause. Isn’t this amazing? But you haven’t thought about it that way, right? Being at home is making me take care of myself for what I really want, and follow my own routine, even though I’m still working from home. I can even work out in my pajamas for all I know…
I see it as a way of enjoying life during a pandemic that’s not shown on TV or in movies. Pandemics in movies are always horrible and scary. But here we are, chilling at home, watching TV, working and drinking..all at the same time. I could live like this, why not?
Yes, here I am going back to movies. But guess what? That’s the only thing all over my curves.
I snapped the picture this morning. I don’t usually step out to the balcony in the morning but I guess today was one of those days. I just wanted to do something different.
I looked around, the streets were empty, lonely. I did hear a motorcycle in the distance though. Trying to understand where the noise was coming from, that is when I turned my head and noticed people lining up.
Are we not supposed to be at home? Social distancing and all…
Yes, there is enough distance/space between these people, but I still don’t get it.
Am I jealous of these people out in the streets when we have been told to stay home? Maybe.
In the meantime, I will sit and watch the not so empty streets of my neighborhood.
Stay safe everyone.