5 Things I Learned During Quarantine

It was a debate to write about this topic because experiencing this pandemic is equally different and difficult at the same time, and everyone of us are coping with the situation as best as we can and hoping that we would be returning to normal sooner. I also didn’t want to write something that would be perceived as tone-deaf and insensitive because a lot of people are undeniably struggling and impacted primarily work-wise, but please know that I’m not writing this with any ill will intention whatsoever. I am just strictly sharing with you the things that, despite the situation, I’m still thankful for realizing during this trying time.

How blessed and privileged I am. 
It was no surprise that many, if not all, businesses worldwide would be heavily impacted by the crisis and as a result of this, employees would have to carry some of this weight too — in forms such as salary cuts, unpaid leave or even as worse as termination. Although I am also one of those who are impacted, I still feel blessed because I didn’t have to worry about a roof over my head, debt or utilities to pay, daily food, and all my basic needs as they are being provided by my company. Although I feel constricted that my income this year wouldn’t be near to what I have projected and some of my plans had to be moved around, at least I didn’t lose my job. I hope it would stay that way until we’re able to fully recover.

How important a rainy day fund is.
Although I’d been meaning to read about Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover for a long time now, I haven’t really made a dent to it yet. But one thing that I knew he talked about in the book, and so many financial advisors mentioned as well, is how important it is to set aside an emergency fund is as part of your basic finance management. I am honestly only lucky this time that I had some money banked aside because I initially had travel plans set out but had I not saved anything at all, I know that this next few months would’ve been more difficult for me. 

I have to also take into account how lucky I am that I have the capability to save now because there are still many of us who literally have to live paycheck to paycheck. I previously experienced the same in my previous job and it was such a terrible and challenging situation to be in; I could just imagine the magnitude of that had I been in the same job and experiencing this crisis. 

How valuable resilience is at this time. 
I don’t think this should even be elaborated, but I am thankful that my parents had taught me resilience and resourcefulness because they had been very useful in these times. Like many others, I had been in a slump back and forth when the uncertainty of the situation became too overwhelming but I am thankful that I have kept myself together until this time, making use of the extra time I have into something productive, while I’m riding the situation out like everybody else. 

How I have the time to rethink where I’m possibly heading. 
If there’s anything more important that I have learned from this crisis, it’s that we were given time to rethink or reshape the way we live our lives. It has revealed that there is something inherently broken. For me, it was that I need to stop playing complacent about where I am and start taking actions moving forward with my goals and dreams. I should not stop with just embodying the word potential and actually becoming what I want: a woman that you can’t and won’t mess with. Along with this means to stop doubting and living in the shadow of people’s judgments; to live my most authentic and happy life. The crisis may have taken almost half of the year away from us but it shouldn’t mean that we’re no longer able to take 2020 at its horns.

How important it is to reach out and connect to people.
To be honest with you, I typically keep to myself on most days and not reach out to people regularly because I didn’t want to be a burden. This is most noticeable especially since I have moved away and couldn’t keep up with what’s going on with my friends’ or families’ lives. But since the crisis happened, I have come to appreciate all the opportunities to be in touch with my loved ones because the situation forced me to think how you just will never know what will happen for tomorrow and when I will see them next. Although I fortunately have not lost any close relative or friends to the virus, I cannot help but worry about the worst and prematurely regret not telling anyone how thankful I am for their presence in my life.

I’m sure that a lot of you as well have your own realizations in this time and if you would like to share your thoughts about this, I’d be more than happy to hear about them 🙂