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Lessons We Can Learn from the Past 365 Days

It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic caused society to enter a mandatory quarantine. Surely, we have all come a long way since then.


I like to reflect back on moments in my life that led me to where I am today. With the pandemic being such a large turning point for many of us, I think it is only fitting that we talk a bit about some lessons I’ve learned from the past 365 days. Let’s get started.


1. Nothing is promised.


I remember walking to one of my college classes last year around this time with my friend. We were just briefly talking about how there was a COVID-19 case in Washington, and we were still so hopeful about this situation. Nothing could have prepared us for what was to come.


I remember talking to my classmates during my last class before spring break. Even our professor seemed hesitant about what was happening, and it was a really strange feeling.


This experience only reinforced that ideal that nothing is promised. Our next day, our next meal, our next year. I think this is something we should really reflect on now, as it goes to show how much things can change so quickly.


2. The best time to start is now.


For the first few weeks of quarantine, I remember just relaxing for the most part. I was a bit stressed about the whole situation, so I just did my schoolwork and kept to myself thinking it would all blow over.


Fast forward a few weeks later, we were still in the same spot – if not worse. That’s when I knew it was time to start on anything I wanted to do but never had the time to.


You know those times where you tell yourself, “I’ll start later.” Well, I think it’s time we do away with procrastination and start our projects now! It’s incredible how much you can accomplish if you just start.


That business you don't have time for? Make time.


That side hustle you want to pursue but you're afraid to? Just start.


3. Self-care and self-development are necessary parts of our day-to-day lives.


With the amount of stress, anxiety, and depression that came about in our communities as a result of isolation, I think it only furthers the importance of self-care and self-development.


This is a life lesson that we need to apply on a daily basis in my opinion! Even taking a short walk can do wonders for your health.


Personally, I like to think of reading and journaling as a great form of self care.


Well, there you have it! These are just a few of the lessons that I think we all can learn from in relation to the past 365 days.


I hope I was able to inspire you, even just a little bit, to get out there this week and perform your best!

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