By Matt D’Silva
Five weeks ago you changed my life as I knew it. No more catching up with friends, going to restaurants or bars or going to my beloved Broadway, you took it all away. Not to mention you also took my husband’s job and halted my ability to visit my family in Australia. Because of you so many of my colleagues and friends have been laid off or furloughed, you have quickly changed life as we knew it.
The stress and anxiety you have caused has been intense. Worrying about making ends meet and paying bills, not to mention whether I will maintain or keep my job. You have affected my ability to sleep and relax due to the constant fear of the unknown.
But after five long weeks of quarantine and working from home there appears to be some small victories and clarity.
My enjoyment of cooking and trying new recipes at every meals has become a priority. There is something very satisfying about creating a meal and watching loved ones enjoy it.
The realization of the importance of making time to communicate to your family and friends. It doesn’t need to be every day, but it is nice to set aside some time and sit down and chat.
Spending time reading the numerous books that have been purchased over the years that have been lying around collecting dust.
Finding ways to maintain a fitness routine, don’t get me wrong I still make every excuse under the sun to not do it. But taking the time to mediate and do a thirty minute living room work out does make my day easier.
Forcing us to re-evaluate our finances, cutting unnecessary expenses and paying down debt due to changes to employment. Learning to appreciate the value of money but understanding having to do without.
Covid-19 you maybe have changed our life temporarily but you’ve also made us reconsider what is most important and meaningful.
Another Australian living in New York seeing what experiences it will bring. Don’t get me wrong, this has been a dream… about 16 years in the making!