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Finding Comfort

The only comfort we find lately is the comfort of our sweatpants or sofa.

Wherever we look, we are surrounded by uncertainty, fear, annoyance, frustrations, exhaustion, worry, boredom, isolation, loneliness, loss, and probably any unpleasant emotion that exists.

To offset those emotions, we look for the positive things that happened during our experience with coronavirus. We spend more time with family, discover new skills we didn't know we had, explore nature more, and learn how to deal with uncertainty.

I feel complete; this might sound strange and totally out of place. Not because everything is perfect, because now is the time worth living. Not because I want people to be hurting, because we are learning so much that we would have never had the chance to learn: who we are. Where are our limits? What else is out there? What does survival mean? Who and what do I really care about? And many more questions that help us reflect and discover ourselves.

What I also noticed over the past few weeks is that we always had uncertainty. Nothing in our lives has ever been certain and ensured that we would be healthy and safe. At any given moment, something could have happened to us as an individual. Now we are forced to live with uncertainty for an unknown time; we feel lost, wanting to get the control of our own lives back and are in disbelieve how this is even happening to us. It is an experience that will teach us how to make life worth it and especially appreciate what we had and still have.

There is nothing we can do about the past. History is written without the consent of our approval. Every day is a new day, and it is the only way.

Another aspect of this experience and life, and probably the most important facets, is that every emotion we feel is necessary. During this physical distancing, we go through daily, sometimes hourly, ups-and-downs, from finding hope to feeling lost and everything in between. It is vital to give space to all of our emotions, no matter how pleasant or unpleasant they might seem. Before this pandemic, we had the opportunity to walk away from anything unpleasant. Now, there is nowhere to go but staying with it. This is what mindfulness is. Letting every emotion have room to be noted and acknowledged. Be angry, be fearful, be sad, be happy. All emotions are part of us and don't define us. Use this experience to understand your emotions, its roots, and manifestation in the past. How we feel during this situation is only an emphasis on how we always felt about life just without having to face them daily.

Let's give ourselves a break to be perfect and to conform to expectations and our best capabilities. Our emotions don't make us weak; they make us stronger and more resilient. If there is only one thing that I can guarantee is that if we know ourselves to the core, we will overcome anything that comes our way. Not only that, but we will also get more creative and inspire the people around us. Our parents, grandparents, and ancestors led the way and made us who we are. Let's embrace all our emotions and be the person we meant to be and find comfort within ourselves.

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