I have been trapped in my home area since March.
Was just mostly at home for 5 straight months. I only go out to get the essentials from the grocery store and the pharmacy that are just a walking distance from my place. Could only go out a day in a week, and go straight home because I cannot stay too long outside. I was only able to visit the bank once and the next thing I know, the borders are already closed and I was not allowed to cross them. Quarantine felt like prison to me.
Then, finally, here comes August!
And the Chinese Hungry Ghost Month is about to start. A period that is believed to be bad luck for anything that is initiated within it. But everything just started opening up now, and for sure there will be many beginnings that will soon happen. As you can see, life must go on. And we all have to rise from the ashes of a stale and agonizing 4-5 months. So getting a free cup of hot coffee with the pack of ground beans that I’ve purchased, is one of the best things that I have received since I’ve been out. I hope that this is a sign of a good start for me.
To be quite honest, the outside world is not very enjoyable now.
Aside from the fact that you have to be very careful and mindful in every way that you move, it’s not as lively as it used to be anymore. Establishments close early and curfew is at 8:00 o’clock. I did not enjoy wearing my first face shield neither is a surgical mask comfortable on the face. And I felt stupid. Really, I did. And so, when I was at the mall after taking care of my tax papers, I’ve found this really stylish face shield! And I really love this second one! So, I’ve decided to just embrace the new normal in style. As well as enjoy being finally able to go out, with all the health protocols in place.
Another thing that is not enjoyable, is paying penalties for tax papers that were not filed within the months that I was trapped in my area. But instead of feeling bad about it, I was instead grateful in finally being able to file my papers and afford everything that has to be paid up. I was able to keep my job the whole time, working at home, and that is a blessing by itself. Now, we are back outside on a skeletal workforce set-up and that means being able to go out of the house every other day. Truly lovin’ how lush the greens have become lately, I’d like to add.
The world looks slow now, but definitely not hopeless.
How many economic depressions has the Earth survived? So many! Yes, we always manage to rise up! I want to become a part of that development. To create and build a better world from here on out. I have been at rock bottom 3 times in my life. And no one knew when I was going through them, my pride just won’t let me. In a way, this is what credit cards are good for. Emergencies! My card helped me during the pandemic, in getting some necessities online. But nowadays, I rarely use it and choose to pay in cash as much as I can.
My mother is a CoViD survivor, by the way.
We’ve went through a lot. And yes, I’ve paid for some of her needs in cash before and also when rushing her into a hospital. Prayed so hard that I may be able to afford her discharge bills from the private hospital that we chose to admit her into. God is so good, that her case was covered by our Government Health Institution as a senior citizen of the Philippines. And she did not stay very long in the hospital and is now fully recovered at her own home.
This health crisis has taught me well about financial management.
It’s never too late to start making things right, because A Better World Starts With A Better Self. You just have to decide to do so. Yes, I have cash reserves now. I think more about investments, business, savings, before thinking about my material wants. And I try to get more savings from my needs by picking stuff on sale or on discount and those that come with free stuff. Remember this, the wealthy started with the values of thrift.
I have finally found a plain black cloth mask that I liked as well.
It’s breathable and light with a filter hole provision. Not exactly what I wanted, because I wanted the wrap-around type, but this will do for now. Tell me if you know where to get a plain black wrap-around mask on the comments section below, please. And finally, I don’t feel stupid with these on. I feel quite stylish.
Embracing the new normal in style is not just about fashion, it’s about having the right attitude towards what has happened and what is happening around us. Always have a mindset of building your future today, while learning the important value lessons of yesterday. A new normal should be a happier, wiser, and healthier you!