This week’s Tuesday Topic is: What did you learn about yourself during the pandemic? You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
Last year was a shock. Sometimes I think about the things I did last year during January and February and then to think that everything changed in March.
These past couple of months were an eye opener. It was hard but I tried to stay positive and make the best of it. Here are a few things I learned during this time:
😷 The importance of family. A bunch of us would get together on a regular basis. We would gather around the kitchen table to talk, eat, and drink. Then in March we couldn’t do that anymore. We had a few Zooms calls but it still wasn’t the same. Now we text each other all of the time. We check in on one another. We make each other laugh. If anyone needs anything, we are there to help that person.
😷 My mother is a strong woman. I know I have mentioned it before but she is a tough person. I loved listening to stories of when she was growing up in Mexico. I also love listening to how life was when she emigrated from Mexico. She and my dad worked long and hard hours to give their 7 children everything they could not do in Mexico. My mother and I would spend hours on the balcony talking and listening to music. Now it is my turn to take care of her and give her everything she needs.
😷 Life is short. I think this applies even without a pandemic. We really don’t know what is going to happen. Treat yourself to that extra cup of coffee. Enjoy that piece of cake. Buy yourself those shoes. I had a hard time justifying buying a new car but then I realized that I work hard and deserve to treat myself to it. Now I love my car!
😷 Patience. As a 2nd grade teacher I already am a patient person. During remote learning I had to be even more patient with my students. I struggled a lot because I knew they were struggling and going through a lot but so was I. Many times I had to put a smile and pretend that things were OK. Running and crying is what helped me get through some really rough moments.
😷 Everyone was going through the same thing. It was so easy to feel sorry for myself thinking that no one would understand. That was not true. Everyone was struggling. Many were even in worse situations. Many people were getting sick. Many were dying. Many also lost their jobs.
😷 I really am a lucky person. I did not get sick and I did not lose my job. I am still standing and moving forward.