I can maintain my cool during challenging times
I’m usually in general a very anxious person for the little things and surprising to me and to The boyfriend is for big things I have been the one who maintained the calm and was the one who prepare us to brace this challenging time with planning and making sure we had all we need to keep going,. This was a huge discovery and a good one. I know I’m ready to brace anything that life throws at me.
I’m a rule follower
I followed the quarantine guidelines to a tee. Some of my friends were more relaxed on them and challenging me to be as well, as the situation around us was controlled and they thought we were safe. But I stood my ground and we didn’t see anybody for 2 months until the government started to ease the restrictions. I felt good with my decision as It was to protect me and my family. Always follow your instincts and what you think is right for you.
I really enjoyed quiet and empty spaces
I went for a walk very early in the morning when the city was empty, and I must admit I truly enjoyed Amsterdam quiet and empty. I got to bike around and watch the beauty of the city without the crowds and I really enjoyed as I know I would probably see like this again.
Distance is not an obstacle to maintain contact with friends and family
As the time were so uncertain, I need to know my loved ones were ok so Zoom meeting and parties became a norm in my house. Every week we connected with family and friends and we have more conversations during these 2 months than the entire time we have been living in the Netherlands. I hope I don’t lose that.
Being vulnerable it makes you a stronger person
This one of the biggest lessons: you can be vulnerable and open up about your fears and worries but not only to yourself but also to your loved ones. That does not make you weaker but the opposite. Once you open up and share you get stronger and realize that you got strengths in you that will help to overcome anything.
And these are a few things I would do after this period is over:
- Hug my friends
- Enjoy a meal in a restaurant
- Support local business
- and when is possible to travel and learn from the local community of my destination
And also I want to pay my respect to all the essential works (healthcare, garbage disposal, cleaning teams, supermarket workers, pharmacies teams, public transportation and delivery workers). They were the ones that hold us together, so a BIG THANK YOU.