Leggings. Bun. No makeup. Isolation. Emails. Laundry. Dishes. Worry. Caffeine. Netflix. Booze. Sadness.
Can you relate?
It’s how many of us live these days, working at home amid pandemic life. Craving pre-COVID times, missing our loved ones and the freedoms we once had while being bombarded by all to-dos—work, family, personal and random. We’re STILL negotiating an unknown future alongside our unpredictable emotions.
It’s important to remember that we’ve never been here before. We’ve never lived through such a crisis on so many levels, happening to every one of us in some way. We have no coping skills for the loss we feel in all areas of our life.
We can undoubtedly access our empathy and recall other times we’ve felt this off, but it’s not quite the same. We’re navigating rough, unknown waters, and over time, it takes its toll.
In an ordinary world, having a bazillion goals might be your gold standard. It was for me. Times have changed, and so should our standards. We need to give ourselves a break. Be kind to our situation, one we didn’t create. Let go of what is overwhelming and do our best to simply get by.
It’s incredible if you can check off the 236 items on your list in a week. However, if you’re like me and only accomplish one or two things, that’s good enough. The fact that you’re trying, showing up for life, is what’s most important right now.
Give yourself permission to do less of what stresses you out and more of what brings you joy. Know you’re doing the best you can with what you have and that’s all you can do.
If you’re still struggling through this pandemic in one way or another, like most of us are, let go of your unrealistic expectations. Do what you can do and let it be okay.
Tomorrow is another day. The laundry will be there, I promise. However, the present moment will be gone. Take time to live in it, enjoy it. It’s what life is made up of, endless present moments.
No matter what, if you JUST SHOW UP for life, it’s not only something. It’s the most important thing.