Updated: Jun 22
I believe I am speaking for all of us when I say being in quarantine is an odd experience. If you aren’t an essential worker you are either WFH or pretending to and if you are an artist/creative/entrepreneur you are trying to hustle while freaking out about making rent next month. No matter what you are doing, there is one thing that we all have in common and that is that being quarantined is starting to wear us thin and the desire to go back to our normal life is intensifying by the second. Oh! and the fact that if you dare say out loud you don’t want to be quarantined anymore there’s always people that bombard you with comments about being selfish because there are people dying and this being for our safety. You know, things that are absolutely true (minus the selfish part) and things we already know. The truth is, there is no wrong or right way to be or feel during this time. You are allowed to feel angry, you are allowed to feel overwhelmed, you are allowed to want the quarantine to end fast and most importantly, you are allowed to do whatever it takes to find the joy that you need to survive the rest of the time we are in quarantine and get yourself out of feelings that aren’t benefiting to your health.
I used to believe that being compassionate meant making myself suffer as much as the people I was being compassionate to. In my brain, I couldn’t be compassionate if at the same time I was enjoying my life. I wouldn’t be able to explain how exhausting this was for me. There are so many situations all around the world that deserve our compassion, that if I tried to portray compassion under that old belief, I would be making myself suffer all of the time. My body and my mind both knew this wasn’t the right way to live and when more loving information was offered to me, I took it and allowed myself to step into a new belief around compassion. With this new belief, I began to understand what it really means to experience compassion and allowed myself to continue to seek and experience joy.
We are collectively going through one of the hardest times I (and maybe you too?) have experienced. The number of deaths due to Covid-19 continues to increase and the damages caused by a worldwide pandemic are flaring up uncontrollably. Humans are confined to their homes, unable to see their loved ones or friends while others don’t have homes to be confined in. Jobs have been lost, businesses have shut down, the economy is rocky and we have no idea what’s on the other side of this wall. We don’t know when we are able to even take a peek over it.
This is the time to get creative; to paint a theoretical picture of what the other side looks, feels and sounds like. A picture of joy, compassion and kindness for yourself and inevitably for others. It is reaallyyyy tough to be where we are. If you happen to be one of the people that is doing okay, perhaps you have your job, or are quarantined with your loved ones or you’re just in really good health, maybe all of the above and you feel pure joy and gratitude for your blessings; do not take this time to beat yourself up or allow others to beat you up. Take this time to bask in the gratitude and joy that your good fortunes bring you and use that power to lift others. Donate your time, your words, your prayers, your genuine well wishes. If you have the ability to do so, donate funds to causes that are helping humans in need. Most importantly, if you are lifted, do not let the situation we are in make you feel as if you have to lose your grace in order to be in tune with what is surrounding us. This is a time to lift higher and figuratively embrace others and lift them with you.
This IS a time for joy.
¡Viva la Ughvolution!