“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”― C. JoyBell C.
Life was going on just the same for most of us, with our routines almost fixed, till March 2020. As the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world and grabbed us within its clutches, no one was spared from the changes that it brought in, in our lives and our lifestyles.
As all of us were confined in our limited worlds. We were forced to give up our comfort zones. I was no exception. On a personal level, I was probably hit more than most around me. Finding no obvious way out of my situation, I internalized and focused on the things I still had control over i.e. my body and my mind.
1. Professional Growth
I suddenly had a lot of free time on hand. My daily schedule opened up opportunities and I thought to myself, ‘Why not make use of this time in a way that helps me professionally?’ And lo and behold, over the course of the past 20 months, I have
- Written and published two indie books (The Art of Being Grateful & Other Stories and Love (Try) Angle)
- Become a professional book reviewer and read 200+books
- Grown my professional network by fraternizing with 100+ writers, authors and content creators
- Explored new arenas of writing, editing, blogging and content creation.
2. Time Management
Once I started doing as much as I could, it became overwhelming. I realized that if I wanted to do all the work that made me happy, right from reading and writing, to content creation and marketing, I would need to schedule my day in order to make time for it all.
I’m a much more disciplined person than I was in February 2020. To be honest, I’m probably more disciplined today than I was yesterday. Because life has become a journey of everyday self-growth and change ever since the pandemic has opened up so many opportunities for me.
3. Taking Care of the Self
I was unhealthy, physically as well as mentally, before the pandemic. Once I scheduled and disciplined myself on the professional front, I soon came to the realization that none of it would matter if I wasn’t fit, and more importantly, if I wasn’t happy with myself.
The discipline of my work made its way into my diet and exercise routine. Its results became visible within a week and from then on it just became a habit which has continued till date.
I’m fitter and happier, which is probably why work and pretty much everything else does not stress me out as much as they used to.
That’s the story of how my life changed for the better because of the pandemic. How has the pandemic changed your life?
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