Man, if there was a jar for every time someone made Dalgona Coffee or made up a Tag Challenge, even 5 jars wouldn’t be enough. The internet can get to you sometimes and have you to believe everyone is being more productive than you during the quarantine. But who would have imagined that this time, instead of feeling the FOMO with your friends, you’d feel it because of the internet? A global pandemic is just a bunch of people sitting quarantined in their homes, not knowing what to do, where to go and how to use their time. In a twisted way, these Instagram and TikTok challenges, live workout sessions and drool-worthy cook-offs can get overwhelming—especially for someone who honestly, just doesn’t give a damn. Pardon my French.
Whether quarantined or not, this is one life lesson I’ve learnt from my mother—don’t compare yourself. Not only is it guaranteed to give you heartache but it’s also something that will restrict your own growth and achievement.
While it takes time and mental practice to stop comparing and trying to equalise your worth to someone else’s. Once you distance yourself from what others are doing or “achieving” around you, you’ll soon realise your worth, and how it can’t be earned through a challenge and realise that you had it within all along.
Just like everyone’s coffees and challenges look different, so is their processing power too. Give yourself time to figure your process out and then try and adjust to it. Because we’ve got plenty of time during this quarantine, so don’t rush and just enjoy the ride.
Someone else’s “productive” may not be yours. Keeping that in mind, your kind of “productive” can even be catching up on the Netflix shows you haven’t had the time for before. It’s honestly all okay! You need to start re-evaluating what being productive means to you and how good you feel about yourself at the end of the day.
More than anything, just remember to be—be happy, be positive and more importantly be your own version of what you want to see. You don’t need to cook or do yoga if you don’t want to. You don’t need to feel the pressure of making a whipped coffee (go ahead have your good ol’ black coffee), you don’t need to do anything you aren’t feeling connected to. And the secret to achieving that is to know that it’s okay to just BE and do your thing during this quarantine!
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