1. The value of sleep
One of the most valuable lessons I think I’ve learned since the beginning of the pandemic has to be the value of sleep and its importance to my well-being. Before quarantine, I was never able to sleep more than six hours before waking up again for the next day of school. I never took the time to take naps or wind down in a way that was not staring at my phone until I had to start homework. Now I can say that naps are an important part of my day.
2. Coffee shops
Before the pandemic I would go to a coffee shop with my dad or by myself at least twice a week to study or finish any assignments I knew were going to take me a long time and require a lot of concentration. Without having a space away from home where I can sit down and really focus, it has been difficult to get myself to complete assignments during the day and not in the middle of the night when I’ve finally forced myself to do them. I now realize how much I enjoyed my nights there and having that time with my dad.
During the year of 2020 I had the time to read more than I’ve ever been able to and rediscovered how much I enjoy fully immersing myself in a novel or series. There is a different sense of satisfaction that comes from finishing a book and flipping that final page. It’s like being away and coming back from a nice trip away from home and your worries.
4. Social Media
Before quarantine I was never really one to be consumed by social media besides the occasional Tv show I would binge on Netflix. Now looking back I can say that 2020 was the year social media replaced the social interactions I was missing out on and now it’s time to relearn how to detach from endlessly scrolling my way through Tik Tok.
5. Family Time
Last year more than ever I was able to truly spend an extended amount of time with my family and realize how much I prioritize that especially as I prepare to leave for college in the fall. Before the pandemic we were all on our own schedules and never took enough time just to be present with one another which is something we’ve all learned to do and appreciate.
6. Sister Bond
My sister and I have always been close but quarantine has brought our relationship closer than ever. She has been there for me during this time and always has my back. I’ve learned to appreciate her and am excited as we go off to college together in the fall.
7. Hard work and Determination
This year has presented a new academic challenge for me as I struggled to efficiently manage my time without social outlets. like the coffee shop before. Because of this, I learned that my hard work and determination to finish the year on a positive note has outweighed the negative.
During quarantine I’ve developed the bad habit procrastinating and am continuously trying to learning how to break this cycle. Hopefully with the vaccine and things reopening I can achieve this
9. Free Time
Throughout quarantine I’ve picked up a couple hobbies such as baking more, listening to audiobooks, painting, and going to Home Depot to get new plants. With these new hobbies came my realization of how important it is to fill my free time doing things I love and making the time to do them.
Lastly, I would definitely consider myself both an introvert and an extrovert but over quarantine I’ve realized that I might be more of an extrovert than I thought. I miss hanging out with my friends every day and will definitely take the time to do so and socialize a lot in college.