Updated: May 17, 2020
Any of the best motivational speakers in the world will tell you if you want to change your life, start by waking up early. Having an unexpected kid crawl into bed at some point during the night seemed to make today that day. While drinking my coffee and brainlessly scrolling Instagram I found this:
Three types of people to surround yourself with:
1. The inspired
2. The excited
3. The grateful
Sounds great. The author of this quote apparently doesn't know what it means to spend 3 months in a closed space with 2 kids, a disgruntled partner, picking up dirty clothes off the ground and searching for missing toothpaste caps. These my friends, are the realities of the Covid 19 virus. Lockdown and 24 hours 7 days a week of pure family time.
Personally, I survived a brain aneurysm only to have mixed feelings about setting myself on fire during the lockdown. Oh, the bliss of being a domestic goddess - I spent the first few weeks accidentally burning dinner, followed by a master chef moment, only to end up throwing a loaf of bread and cold cuts out on the kitchen counter.
For lunch and dinner.
The inspired. I have never been more inspired to get the hell out of my house.
The excited. I am so excited by this prospect I might pee my pants the first time I'm out like a new puppy you regretfully bring out in public for the first time.
The grateful. Ahhhh, the grateful. To those of us who did not drink their way through this we finally have a real reason to be grateful and celebrate.
The thing is there are so many reasons to be positive! And yes, I am one of those annoyingly positive people that will repost these little tidbits of delight. I can't help myself. I am a positivity nerd.
That said, I'm pretty sure I am speaking for everyone when I say this period is unlike anything any of us have ever dealt with in our lifetime. The economic catastrophe caused by the pandemic will be felt for years to come and this is the raw truth of it all. Many of us will struggle to get to the end of the month. The COVID19 survival of the fittest has now passed leaving us with an uncertain future and a shattered unprecedented economic aftermath. The stress of trying to figure out how to put the pieces back together touches everyone I know.
YET looking at these words the word that stands out is GRATITUDE. I have been in a dark place before and I can assure you, without gratitude, I would not be where I am today. This brings me to another important point, if you are reading this you have either not contracted the virus or you have lived through it. Both pretty good reasons to be grateful if you ask me.
If this is the case you can be excited knowing that you have your whole life in front of you to see the ones you love.
Finally, you can be inspired by simply appreciating what you do have., the sun on your face, the warm summer breeze, and of course, the fact that you didn't set yourself on fire during the COVID lockdown of 2020. Follow your dreams. Life is beautiful.