Like everyone else in the world, life has been on pause since COVID-19 hit the world. Due to the virus, my trips to Europe, South America, and Africa were all cancelled. To be honest, when the world began to change in March, travel wasn’t at the forefront of my mind. More than anything, I wanted my family and I to stay healthy. My heart goes out to all those who perished because of the virus and those who continue to suffer from the deadly virus. I don’t take it for granted that I have not lost anyone to the virus because I know many who were not as fortunate. More and more each day, I realize how blessed I am. I’m thankful I am still employed and have the option to work from home.
From March-July, I stayed put in Maryland. Eventually I visited my family in Chicago and Los Angeles. I understood the risk I was taking but decided to go anyways. Thankfully my visit did not cause anyone to get sick. In August, I visited my brother in Antigua which required me to get tested prior to the visit. Again, I was fortunate to not test positive.
I think we all can say that COVID has taught us something. I learned to be content with just being. I learned how to find joy in doing mundane activities like going to the grocery store and going for a walk. I also learned more creative ways to exercise since I could no longer go to the gym. I tried out new recipes and spent more time reading. In the past, my future trips were a huge part of my happiness but I’ve learned I can be just as happy reconnecting with a new friend or finding a new running trail to explore. Each day we have is a gift. Everyday is an opportunity to spend time with those we love, extend kindness to others, and to explore other activities which bring us joy.
I won’t lie and say I don’t miss international travel. I do, but I try and not focus on what I can’t do but all the things I can do. I can Facetime one of my siblings. I can go for a run to clear my head. I can do something nice for someone else. I can watch an episode of House Hunters international and mentally escape if only for 30 minutes. I can learn a new language on Duolingo. The possibilities are truly endless.
What has COVID-19 taught you? Do you miss traveling? Have you picked up any new hobbies during this time?