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THE NEW NORMAL

July 22, 2020

Yesterday my family and I were supposed to go out for dinner. But then my brother screamed as soon as we locked the house, “No! My face mask!” Ah, face masks. Then I realised that this was our new ‘normal’.

I have thought through and through about what my next blog post should be, because it is quite hard to talk (or write) about a topic that may or may not be relevant in our current situation. This pandemic has been super challenging and stressful, but I know that there will always be a silver lining to all of this. Also, no matter how many times I say that I am bored, the truth is, this quarantine season has done more good than bad in my life.

As we all know, I do love travelling. That is already a given. When I would be travelling, I would always just enjoy every single day and I will often neglect the tasks I am supposed to do. My excuse would be that I should just ‘live in the moment’. But that was wrong on so many levels. I would often feel stressed out because I would always wait until the very last minute before I did my work. Needless to say, I was a great procrastinator.

But now, I have developed such a strong work ethic. Lately I have been finding myself submitting my work two or even three days before my deadline. I have felt more and more productive, driven, and hardworking during this quarantine season. I think that is because there really is not much to do nor places to go, and I have solely focused on the work I need to do. No matter how many times I say that I am bored, I have been super productive lately.

Before this year started, I had no idea that I would be back home here in the Philippines. I mean, I did start my year in Latin America. The Philippines is on the other side of the hemisphere, and I really had no intentions of going home anytime soon, but here we are. Life is super unpredictable, but you know what? That really is the fun of it.

Procrastination was my life before. But during this pandemic, I have found a new normal. I can, most definitely, say that this is better than what I have had before. Developing my hobbies have also been such a great thing during this quarantine season. I have been keeping busy by playing the guitar, working on a new children’s book, and experimenting in photography. Honestly, if it were not for the forced lockdown, I can never say that I have been working on these hobbies. I would probably still be partying somewhere and ‘living life’. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Whether we like it or not, there is a new normal. Face masks? Lockdown? Social distancing? These are our new normal. We have to abide by these rules to stop the spread of the pandemic and so we can flatten the curve.

I hope you guys have been keeping busy and finding beauty in our new normal. Try re-discovering an old hobby that you have always wanted to work on but never found time for. We now have all the time in the world. Find beauty in the stillness of things. For all we know, we may never have this much time again.

Be safe out there, friends! I have been working so hard on bringing new art to share with you all. To tell you the truth, I am over the moon with everything that has been happening in my life recently. I pray that you are having the best time too.

For now, virtual hugs and social distance! Oh, and wear your masks, heh.

P.S. Oh, here is a song that I have been currently enjoying these days. It is in Tagalog but listen to the beat, it is super cool!

Ciao for now, and blessings!

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8 NIV

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