Finding the simple joys of life during a pandemic
I can’t believe that it has been 6 months of staying at home. Apart from the few times I went grocery shopping, I haven’t stepped out of my building. While I’m grateful for the things I have that are making my life easier during the pandemic, I’ve definitely not been pleased with the whole situation. Being stuck in a room all day with work that never ends and with the sight of an empty wall as a view from my window, it becomes difficult to look at the bright side of things (even literally!). But then I’ve realized the more I think about the things that aren’t okay, the worse I’ll feel. So, here’s to finding the simple joys of life!
We often look for the big things or big events in life to make us happy. And that may not happen as much it used to during the pandemic. Hence it makes sense to focus on the little things and live in the moment to find the simple joys of life. Here are a few things that have helped me find joy.
- Watching a sunset or a sunrise
I have been mesmerized by the sky always- especially at sunrise and sunset. I have seen beautiful sunsets and sunrises and I always want more of them. When the lock-down started, I made it a point to go to my terrace and catch the sunset.
Things have changed now with lock-down being lifted and construction of buildings around my place, my view of the sunset is blocked 🙁
But when I could I did enjoy the beauty of it.
2. Watching the rain
Watching the rain feels so therapeutic. I could sit near a window/door and watch the rain for a long time. I’m grateful that I have a tree right outside my building and I can see its branches from the main door of my house. I see the dancing leaves, the little raindrops on the leaves. A cup of hot tea or coffee is a perfect to enjoy the rainy weather.
3. Playing with pets and watching the birds/animals
Like I said in the previous paragraph, the tree outside my house makes living in a noisy, bug city a little better. I like watching the birds that visit and the squirrel that runs around the tree all day. I even watched a crow sleep on the tree at night!
While these are my friends on the trees, you must have definitely seen these two in my Instagram stories. If you haven’t, meet Teddy and Tiger- my landlord’s pets who are found loitering around my house. They are always hungry and always like being pampered!
4. Finding joy in growing/making somethingi
I haven’t been able to be the crazy plant lady I wanted to be. This is mainly because there isn’t enough space outside to keep the plants and the two girls mentioned above are plant monsters and break the stems and branches.
Though I still have a few plants in pots, I have been growing Pothos or Money plants in glass bottles (Keventers Milkshakes FTW!). And I feel so happy when I see a new leaf grow! It brings a sense of accomplishment 😀
This also holds true when you have made a piece of art, tried a new recipe. When it turns out the way you wanted to, it indeed brings joy! I’m learning to play the Ukulele and learning to play a new song always makes me happy.
5. Reading or listening to a book
No, the list of my joys is incomplete without mentioning books! I’m glad that I own enough books to last me for a while. Yes, buying/receiving a new book makes me happy. But what makes me happier is finding time to read these books. That feeling of joy when you finish a good book is special!
In the last 6 months, I have read more than I usually would. I’m so glad that I chose to spend my free time reading. If you are looking for tips to find more time to read, you can check out my post here.
So these are the few things that have brought me joy in this otherwise gloomy situation. What makes you happy? How do you enjoy the simple joys of life? How are managing to stay sane amidst the craziness of the pandemic?
For some reason, while I was writing this post, I thought this would be perfect for a YouTube Video. 😀 Do you think I should do that?