Rising in the Face of Adversity: Life in Lockdown

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There are 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. In lockdown, I think I speak on behalf of many when I say these 168 hours in a week are felt much more. A time when everyone is safeguarded by the four walls that we call home, when physical social interactions and errands are on standby. But despite all the hardships and adapting, we’ve nailed rising in the face of adversity.

I reside in Spain where the cuarentena is pretty strict. We can only leave the house for something regarded as primera necesidad such as grocery shopping, a trip to the pharmacy, walking the dog or going to work if you are a key worker. I have become accustomed to my once-a-week visit to the supermarket and jump at the chance to take the bins out or recycle to see the outside world again.

This experience has opened up my eyes to the illusion of time. I really did believe, on many occasions, that I didn’t have much of it. Needless to say, I was wrong. The time spent in confinamiento has taught me two things: how to live life as a recluse and how to form good habits.

Let’s just say that the latter comes from self-discipline, the realisation that these 168 hours a week are there to be put to good use. How it enriches us is about what we do with our time. How we spend our time parallels with our self-discipline and life values. In fact, time is rather underrated in this aspect.

Lately, we spend a lot more time with ourselves, with our minds, our habits, and our thoughts. This is something I am learning to embrace. At times it’s easier than others. I believe many of the good habits I have formed are due to this time spent at home. To name a few: setting my alarm a little earlier, reading far more than ever before, drawing, speaking to loved ones regularly, spending time with my rabbit, exercising and the list goes on.

Amongst all the good habits I have acquired, I have also endured a period of self-discovery. Sometimes I am a walking storm (my poor boyfriend) and at times I am calm and collected in contrast to my random bursts of hyperactivity. Before this bothered me, but now I have learned to embrace these dispositions. It makes life a lot more colourful.

Rising in the face of adversity is sublime. There’s the dichotomy of the dark moments in contrast with gratitude for what we have or had before the global pandemic. There were many things I took for granted before confinamiento like seeing my friends or family or spending time in nature. Gratitude for what I have is what I have learned to focus on. During this strange time, it’s important to be grateful for the time we are gifted with and the people that make it so special. It’s a lesson to be learned. Let’s take these 168 hours and prove that adversity can, in fact, be our friend.

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

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