“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” – Mark Twain
At this moment in time, everyone in the world is aware of coronavirus (COVID-19)…even the cynics among us. Some people may choose to self-quarantine, meaning they do it voluntarily just because they think they may have been exposed, or they are being just cautious. Others are reluctantly complying according to the governor’s and Chicago mayor’s guidelines. I am not going to go into great detail with this, as we can turn on any social media outlet for updates, or just Google world events.
It has come to light how we should all appreciate and enjoy life with our loved ones. How does this interfere with work and school? Many of us are now having to work remotely from home, or for now, have no job at all. Some of us are very fortunate to just take the time to rest, some of us are in stress as our careers need person-to-person interaction, and others of us just go with the flow.
The positions that have no rest are the ones that work in health care. They are the front line of all this, working long hours and caring for others who are not their family members. At National University, we are very fortunate that most of our classes have converted to an online format. Across both campuses in Illinois and Florida, faculty and students are in cooperation during this event. On bit of a sad note, my graduation will be postponed.
But I am not discouraged at all in this realization. I feel this is a time to take the opportunity to take it easy and enjoy time with family and friends. Yes, we do need to practice social distancing in public and continue with hygiene. I noticed my mom has been happier now that I have started to cook again (apparently I am a good cook…haha). For the moment, I am just sitting here working on my blog and schoolwork online. I didn’t realize that I was previously part of the majority of the population that “didn’t have time” or “was too busy.” While our screen time has increased, it’s likely that eventually, that too, will level off.
Hopefully, we can all start to focus on self-healing or self-love more, and not putting ourselves last. In order to care for others, particularly as health care professionals, we need to put ourselves first. As we are healing, so is Mother Nature. Take a moment feel and listen. The birds seem louder, as there are fewer cars on the roads. Look up and notice how the world is doing: the air seems to be cleaner, the oceans are clearer, our hearts are light-filled with laughter, our spirits are higher, and we have the time to enjoy life…but with more gratitude than usual.
Time may be an illusion, but it does go by fast. In the blink of an eye, it is gone and will never come back. So, stop procrastinating. Work with time. Don’t wait for a crisis to start, start—do whatever it is you want to do—now. Spend time with yourself and your loved ones. Cook. Drink. Read. Exercise. Rest. Laugh. Love. And, breathe. Because this crisis too, shall pass.
Stay safe and healthy!