Self-isolation is certainly difficult for most of us. Regardless of what we are going through on a personal level, be it chronic pain or mental illness or just daily stresses of working from home and dealing with children. This certainly hasn’t been an easy (albeit it is a necessary time). I’ve seen much of this first-hand through my volunteering experiences.
My 34th birthday in Costa Rica (2019) when I devoured a vegan mousse and was seranded by an amazing musician, while hanging out with one of my besties.
And yet, as I sit here and reflect on my birthday (which is today and yes, I’m spending it alone in self-isolation), I keep an optimistic outlook for the future. Because to me, this is just one birthday. I know that not everyone is capable of getting to the point where they can see it that way right now, and that’s understandable. The truth is, even if “life changes” because of the pandemic, life is always changing anyway. We are always in just a moment of time which is fleeting and passing. It is up to us to decide what to do with that time. We are given the freedom of free will, and the responsibility to do with that free will whatever we choose. It is us who can seek out meaning. We can choose to dwell on the past, instances in which we’ve been hurt or done the hurting. Or we can choose to look into the future with a brighter perspective. That this isn’t it. That life is about growth. This is how I choose to think as we head into the ’20s.
My 35th birthday (2020) is being spent hanging out with this little guy.
Have a beautiful May 14th everyone.