Covid-19 Reflections: Appreciating Every Moment

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Before Covid-19, I was living my best life after going through a long rough time. While I appreciated it a lot, I could have appreciated it more. Here are some reflections on appreciation.

In September 2019, I said I’d make the most of the final year of my degree. “I hope to make the most out of it. Grab more opportunities, complain less, spread love and focus on positive things, absorb everything I can”, I wrote back then.

And I did. I really did ♥️ I romanticized every boring, mundane thing. I thoroughly appreciated all the big, flashy moments. I told all my friends I love them and had a lot of ‘indie youth film’ moments – from helping each other climb up the National Monument in Edinburgh in the freezing cold, to having deep reflections on 2019 by the Newcastle Quayside before the colourful fireworks started bursting in the sky. I looked up so many little facts about Newcastle, the University, and the North East – and compiled a list of must-go places before I leave. I posted a zillion Stories without a care in the world because i was only focused on one thing: ENJOYING THE PRESENT. And I don’t regret a thing.

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Self-Betterment Through #StayingAtHome

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As an introvert, I’ve never been bored staying at home. Not even one second of my whole life. But a friend challenged me to share what I’ve been doing at home, so here goes…

Let’s use our time staying in at home for self-betterment, productivity, and doing things that we always claim we ‘can’t find the time to do’.

E.g. learning the art of mindful silence, rethinking our habits, reciting and reading translations of the Qur’an, reconnecting with old friends / loved ones through video calls, taking online courses, learning cooking skills, journaling, making art, producing videos, learning a new language, self-reflection on your life goals / development, purging your social media, financial planning / budgeting, thoroughly cleaning your home, catching up on books / television shows / podcasts, writing your dissertation, fundraising for Covid-19, writing reviews for your favourite small businesses.

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