WHEW! What can I say…it’s been a while. I wish I could say that I’ve been insanely busy with my glamorous lifestyle of travel, but we’d all know that would be a lie. BUT, today’s my birthday! Even though I am not on someone’s beach in Tulum as planned, I am so grateful that I’ve lived to see another year because not everyone makes it this far.
I’ve also made it to ONE YEAR of TJ Was Here, so Happy Anniversary to me! I am so thankful for everyone who is currently reading this, all the shares, comments, retweets, and support thus far.
Such a shame that I must celebrate in Quarantine
Who would’ve thought that my last trip to Trinidad for carnival would be my last trip…and carnival, for quite some time.
Who would’ve thought that a professional traveler, would be prohibited from doing what she knows best — traveling.
Who would’ve thought we would live in a world where remembering to put on a face mask would be equally as important as grabbing your car keys before you head out the door. (For me at least.)
Who would’ve thought that I’d be living in the most powerful country in the world, yet, the one country handling the pandemic THE WORST.
Well…this is life now, and it’s time we get used to it.
If there is one thing that traveling has taught me, it’s expect the unexpected, adapt, and adjust. I’m doing my best to apply that to this new way of living.
I will say that at times, it’s tough. I’ve experienced an overabundance of intensified emotions: loneliness, enjoyment, hopelessness, complacency, aloofness, boredom, just to name of few.
We have way more free time than we’ve ever had, and I feel as though people have been put under pressure to make use of it. We (especially Americans) tend to put pressure on ourselves to make moves, secure the bag, and make something of ourselves; even in the midst of a global pandemic.
I’ve come face-to-face with uncertainty. The future of my career and income, my ability to travel freely, my health and that of those around me; everything is up in the air. I don’t know what’s next.
To keep my sanity, I’ve been focusing on the present and the things I can control. I have a roof over my head, I try to eat and stay healthy, I try new things that I’ve always wanted to do; I’m just BEING.
Some may say that I’m not making use of this free time, but I would argue that I am. I’m reconnecting with myself, my wants and needs, attempting to make somewhat of a plan for this uncertain future, and keeping my mental health a priority. This free time is a blessing in disguise for me.
I say all this to say, I don’t know what the future holds. However, one thing for certain is I’m going to continue to work on myself, do the things I like to do, and be the best me that I can be. A day at a time. I suggest you do the same if you can.
Hopefully I can get back to traveling again soon. I miss it, but everything happens for a reason. Que sera, sera.
I would like to end this by taking the time to recognize three lives that were recently taken due to police brutality, racism, and the lack of regard for the lives of my fellow black brothers and sisters. I hope that Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd receive justice and their families will be able to find solace in that.
Click the links below to learn more and donate.
Breonna Taylor – Story details
Ahmaud Arbery – I Run with Maud GoFundMe
George Floyd – Official George Floyd Memorial Fund