3 life lessons I learned during this pandemic - new lune

3 Life Lessons I Learned During This Pandemic.

I know for many people this pandemic hasn’t treated them the kindest way for multiple different reasons. I know some people struggled a lot with loneliness, personally to me quarantining at home wasn’t a problem. I’m an introvert and I don’t really go out either so it wasn’t an issue to me. But I definitely struggled on other aspects. I think the uncertainty of not knowing what’s going to happen tomorrow combined with the fact that you are not in control of your life anymore has been something I struggled with a lot.

However, this pandemic has taught me a lot of things about myself and made me realise all the things I took for granted or never paid attention to. I believe there is always something to learn from an experience whether it be bad or good. I’m a complete different person compared to the person I was before the pandemic and I’ll probably change after this pandemic has ended (hopefully it will end very soon). In today’s post, I wanted to share with you 3 life lessons that I’ve learned during this pandemic. As always, if you are interested – keep on reading!

Je sais que pour beaucoup de gens, cette pandémie ne les a pas traités de la manière la plus gentille pour plusieurs raisons différentes. Je sais que certaines personnes ont beaucoup souffert de la solitude, personnellement pour moi, la mise en quarantaine à la maison n’était pas un problème. Je suis introverti et je ne sors pas vraiment non plus, donc ce n’était pas un problème pour moi. Mais j’ai vraiment eu du mal sur d’autres aspects. Je pense que l’incertitude de ne pas savoir ce qui va se passer demain combinée au fait que vous ne contrôlez plus votre vie a été quelque chose avec lequel j’ai beaucoup lutté.

Cependant, cette pandémie m’a appris beaucoup de choses sur moi-même et m’a fait réaliser toutes les choses que je tenais pour acquises ou auxquelles je n’avais jamais prêté attention. Je crois qu’il y a toujours quelque chose à apprendre d’une expérience, qu’elle soit mauvaise ou bonne. Je suis une personne complètement différente de la personne que j’étais avant la pandémie et je changerai probablement après la fin de cette pandémie (j’espère qu’elle se terminera très bientôt). Dans le post d’aujourd’hui, je voulais partager avec vous 3 leçons de vie que j’ai apprises pendant cette pandémie. Comme toujours, si vous êtes intéressé, continuez à lire!

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LIVE IN THE MOMENT & FOR YOURSELF

I think most of us, including myself always think about the future or get stuck in the past that we forget to enjoy the present and live in the moment. Especially, in today’s generation – everyone is constantly trying to do something and move forward in life whether it be their education, career, goals, dreams, etc. There is that pressure that you have to succeed at everything you do. Because of that constant pressure, even taking time for yourself is deemed as procrastinating or wasting your time when you could be doing something productive or effective.

One of the very first things that this pandemic has taught me is to stop stressing about the future, to let go of my past and enjoy this very moment. Your education, career, goals, plans, etc. are all things that you do for yourself and not for others or the society. The society’s version of happiness or success doesn’t equate to your version of happiness or success. We often choose a path, not because we want to but because others have chosen it which doesn’t or won’t lead to happiness nor fulfilment for yourself. You are not guaranteed of tomorrow so why should you live a life to please others?

Je pense que la plupart d’entre nous, y compris moi-même, pensons toujours à l’avenir ou restons coincés dans le passé en oubliant de profiter du présent et de vivre dans l’instant. Surtout, dans la génération actuelle – tout le monde essaie constamment de faire quelque chose et d’avancer dans la vie que ce soit leur éducation, leur carrière, leurs objectifs, leurs rêves, etc. Il y a cette pression que vous devez réussir dans tout ce que vous faites. En raison de cette pression constante, même prendre du temps pour soi est considéré comme une procrastination ou une perte de temps alors que vous pourriez faire quelque chose de productif ou d’efficace.

L’une des toutes premières choses que cette pandémie m’a apprise est de cesser de mettre l’accent sur l’avenir, de laisser aller mon passé et de profiter de ce moment précis. Votre éducation, votre carrière, vos objectifs, vos projets, etc. sont tout ce que vous faites pour vous-même et non pour les autres ou la société. La version du bonheur ou du succès de la société ne correspond pas à votre version du bonheur ou du succès. Nous choisissons souvent un chemin, non pas parce que nous le voulons, mais parce que d’autres l’ont choisi qui ne mène ou mènera pas au bonheur ni à l’épanouissement pour vous-même. Vous n’êtes pas assuré de demain alors pourquoi devriez-vous vivre une vie pour plaire aux autres?

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VALUE THE SMALL THINGS

It’s something I’ve already mentioned a couple of months ago but I’ve been appreciating the smallest (and probably insignificant things to others) a lot more now. It wasn’t something that I never paid attention before but now, they just make my day and help improve my mood. If you have read one of my posts then you would know that I have some fox cubs that come in my neighbour’s garden which is something I look forward everyday. I love watching them play, rest and sleep.

They are just the cutest! There are a lot of birds that come as well and by birds, I don’t only mean pigeons but doves, goldcrests, greenfinches and other species which I haven’t recognised yet. There is a squirrel which loves to play and fight with them. Every single time I look at the window, the squirrel will literally be scaring the birds away which is literally his or her routine at this point. I even once saw an eagle flying which is completely random haha but that was really cool.

Obviously, those things might seem silly and insignificant to others but to me, they just help brighten up my day. Now more than ever, I appreciate the small and random things that make me happy. They help me look forward in life and I get to forget all my problems for a couple of seconds or minutes. Those little things that seem unimportant and replaceable can actually bring so much inner peace, happiness and fulfilment.

C’est quelque chose que j’ai déjà mentionné il y a quelques mois, mais j’apprécie beaucoup plus les choses les plus petites (et probablement insignifiantes pour les autres) maintenant. Ce n’était pas quelque chose auquel je n’avais jamais prêté attention auparavant, mais maintenant, ils font juste ma journée et aident à améliorer mon humeur. Si vous avez lu l’un de mes articles, vous sauriez que j’ai des renards qui viennent dans le jardin de mon voisin, ce que j’attends avec impatience tous les jours. J’adore les regarder jouer, se reposer et dormir.

Ils sont juste les plus mignons! Il y a beaucoup d’oiseaux qui viennent aussi et par oiseaux, je ne parle pas seulement de pigeons mais de colombes, de crêtes d’or, de verdiers et d’autres espèces que je n’ai pas encore reconnues. Il y a un écureuil qui aime jouer et se battre avec eux. Chaque fois que je regarde la fenêtre, l’écureuil effraie littéralement les oiseaux, ce qui est littéralement sa routine à ce stade. J’ai même vu une fois un aigle voler, ce qui est complètement aléatoire, mais c’était vraiment cool.

De toute évidence, ces choses peuvent sembler idiotes et insignifiantes pour les autres, mais pour moi, elles aident simplement à égayer ma journée. Aujourd’hui plus que jamais, j’apprécie les petites choses aléatoires qui me rendent heureux. Ils m’aident à regarder en avant dans la vie et j’oublie tous mes problèmes pendant quelques secondes ou minutes. Ces petites choses qui semblent insignifiantes et remplaçables peuvent en fait apporter tant de paix intérieure, de bonheur et d’épanouissement.

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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

I truly believe that we are our own worst critics, at least I am. The person next to me would probably believe in myself a lot more than I do. This pandemic has taught me that I’m more than capable to achieve my goals & dreams and that the only person who is an obstacle is literally me, myself! When you are young, you think that after you reach a certain age, you would have everything figured out but that’s actually a lie. Nobody knows what they are doing and this pandemic is just the perfect example. You have the power to do anything that you wish for. There is no one stopping you other than yourself.

Je crois vraiment que nous sommes nos pires critiques, du moins moi. La personne à côté de moi croirait probablement beaucoup plus en moi que moi. Cette pandémie m’a appris que je suis plus que capable d’atteindre mes objectifs et mes rêves et que la seule personne qui est un obstacle est littéralement moi, moi-même. Quand tu es jeune, tu penses qu’après avoir atteint un certain âge, tu aurais tout compris mais c’est en fait un mensonge. Personne ne sait ce qu’ils font et cette pandémie en est le parfait exemple. Vous avez le pouvoir de faire tout ce que vous souhaitez. Personne ne vous arrête à part vous-même.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING!

xo N

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  1. Definitely living in the moment and for myself was the biggest lesson. I had to learn the importance of showing up for myself.💖💖

  2. Reblogged this on Stevie Turner and commented:
    I’m re-blogging this post by New Lune, as it may help those struggling with the certainty of another lockdown and all that this entails. Perhaps my readers can leave their own ‘3 life lessons’ they learned this year? Here’s mine:
    1. Accept.
    Yes, one of these days we won’t have to worry about Covid, lockdown, social distancing or face masks, because we would have learned to live with it like we have learned to live with colds and influenza. Coronavirus is not going away, and so we have to face that fact and get on with our lives.
    2. Even this will pass.
    When we’ve accepted Coronavirus, then all the hype and hysteria will fade. Social distancing will become the norm, as will face masks, and we would have all learned to be more mindful of the disease.
    3. Be grateful for what you’ve got.
    Have you got a job, a loving family, and your health? If you have, then be grateful for that. You never know when it will be taken away. That’s why we’ve got to be mindful!

  3. You write so well!! I’ve also noticed that this peace without every day rush was actually what I really needed. Didn’t see it before when I just rushed from a place to another and didn’t have time to stop and think. So in a way this was a good thing even the panick is big. This guarantine have also feed my creativity. Those ideas I probably didn’t got living on my normal life.

  4. Like you, I also found lock down relatively easy as I love spending time by myself. It’s only recently that I have started to struggle with the constant uncertainty. This post reminded me that there are actually benefits to the coronavirus situation and a lot to be thankful for. It’s forced me to slow down and put more of my energy into what I am passionate about. xx

    1. Same! This covid situation made me realise that life is too precious and I shouldn’t take it for granted. Thank you so much for reading love xx

  5. Some great points that sit true for me too! It has really stripped back all that we have going on in the ‘hustle’ of life. Well done for being aware of all that’s going on for you 😌 thanks for sharing x

  6. I’ve been blessed, no loss of income, in fact mine has increased. My husband is working from home so that has also been nice. I miss my friends, but we zoom or facetime etc. My attitude is that this too shall pass. I know many aren’t
    so lucky, but I have been.

    1. I’m so glad to hear that, as you said not everyone has been lucky during this situation so hearing stories like yours makes me happy. Thank you so much for reading lovely ❤️

    1. It’s definitely something I struggled with a lot but remember that if you don’t believe in yourself then who will? If you were able to come this far in life then you have the power to do anything! Thank you so much for reading lovely ❤️

  7. 💯 If I were to write about this topic, I would choose the same answers as you! I am definitely not the same person as I was 6 months ago.

    I am finally at peace with myself and the most fearless I’ve ever been because I have rid myself of the past and just focusing on the present and every moment that comes. I used to stop myself from doing so many things because of the past. My confidence was very low and I realise now that I actually lacked a lot of self-love too. I was a huge supporter of others yet not for myself. During this 6 months, I went through a rollercoaster of emotions, a tonne of epiphanies where I realised that life is too short to live this way. I started to live more in the moment and of course, you have been seeing some of my artwork – that has helped a lot. Now, I appreciate every moment, good/bad. I did appreciate the small things before but right now, even more so.

    I remember my friend said something to me when I was very anxious during the outbreak. She said this, “Focus on what you can’t do and not what you can’t” which I think helped me a lot.

    1. I’m so happy to hear that and I could definitely relate to everything you wrote. I used to say that life is too short but now I realise that it’s completely wrong. Life isn’t too short but it’s too precious and it’s something that this covid situation has taught me. What your friend said is absolutely right, it’s definitely something I needed to hear. Thank you so much for reading lovely ❤️

  8. Thanks for putting it down, I agree pandemic has affected all of us in some way or the other. Living in the moment has helped me always, and now it’s especially a very helpful thing to remember and follow.
    Much love! Take care and be safe

    Cheers
    Yogini

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