Lockdown seems like a living nightmare. You can’t go out with your friends, you might have lost your job, and you can only dream about going on vacation.
However, let’s look at things from the positive side. Let’s see what we can learn from this situation and how it can help us improve our lives in the future.
Hopefully, this crisis will soon be over. Nevertheless, if you’re smart enough, these valuable life lessons will stick with you forever.
1. You have a lot to be thankful for
Let’s be honest here. Before this whole crisis happened, you were always complaining about your life.
You wanted a better job or a more expensive car, or you couldn’t stand your single status.
Now it has become more than apparent that you actually have a lot to appreciate. In fact, it’s obvious that you have been living your entire life as privileged, without even knowing it.
You took everything you had up until now for granted. You were rarely thankful for some of the everyday things you now start to see as blessings in disguise.
You didn’t know that you should appreciate having a home, a family, or a job. You didn’t realize how happy you were to have the privilege of leading a busy life.
Your friends used to bore the hell out of you, but now you’d give anything just to get the chance to grab a cup of coffee with them.
You didn’t know how to enjoy the little things such as a day spent in the sun or waking up in your own bed every morning to that annoying alarm sound.
I bet that looking at things from this point of view, that shitty job or lousy apartment you were dying to move out from all seem like a real luxury, right?
2. You’re your own priority…
Another valuable lesson this situation has taught you is the importance of loving yourself. After all, this is the period when you spend most of your time alone with your thoughts.
So, it’s way better than those who have constant company. Now is the time to cherish and nurture yourself.
The time for some self-introspection and self-improvement. The time to recap on your life and reprocess all the good and bad things you’ve done so far.
You see, whether you like it or not, you can’t escape your thoughts and feelings during this crisis.
You’re sentenced to listening to your inner voice, which makes you realize that suppressing your feelings and running away from your bad judgments aren’t options.
You’ve seen the importance of taking care of your mental health.
The importance of being kind, but just to yourself, and the importance of the relationship you have with yourself.
You can be surrounded by a bunch of people, but at the end of the day, you’re stuck with you. So, you better love the person you are!
3. …but sharing is caring
However, putting yourself first is no excuse for being selfish. In fact, this period is the best proof that we’re all part of society.
After all, we’re all in this together. You’re not responsible for your health only, but also the well-being of those around you.
You’ve seen that you can’t make it as a separate individual. Sharing is caring and we all need each other’s help to get through these hardships.
4. You spend a lot of time chasing wrong things
Now that you have all the time in the world, I bet you would use it differently than you used to.
This is the moment you see that you were actually wasting many years of your life chasing the wrong people and the wrong things.
All of the sudden, your heartbreak doesn’t seem so important. It looks like you can make it just fine without that friend who backstabbed you.
Your ten-year-old car seems just fine and you would give everything to be able to revisit that vacation spot you went to last summer.
Now you see that you were actually bothering yourself over things that don’t matter. You were destroying your mental health and your inner peace over people who aren’t as crucial for your survival as you thought.
5. The world needs changing
You can’t wait for things to go back the way they used to be, right? However, isn’t this a warning to all of us?
Isn’t this crisis a sign that things should never be the way they were? Isn’t it plainly obvious that things in the world need changing?
Isn’t it apparent that we all need to make some crucial differences in our behavior towards others and, most importantly, towards ourselves?
This lockdown can teach you to forget about materialistic things. To forget about being in a constant rush. To start living in the moment.
Most importantly, it can help you and everyone else learn to respect nature and all of its living creatures more.