What is Quarantine Teaching You About Yourself?

By Jasmine Kelly

Have you been in super deep thought lately? Well, sis. This is for you.

Do you knoooooow where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life’s been showing you?

For some odd reason, those song lyrics have been in my head. I hope you are not tired of me writing about Covid-19 and its effect on our lives, but I cannot help it. As a writer, it’s hard for me to ignore the here and now.

If anything though, this whole pandemic has forced us into some introspection (myself included), and it has been hard! And ugly. It was so easy to get caught up in our day to day lives before this. But now…now sis?! Now, all we have is the time! Time to think about allllll of the things that we so comfortably avoided before.

This time has revealed to me the things I love and things I want to change. The word of this entire pandemic for me has been BOUNDARIES. I’ve always “had” boundaries, but now I enforce them more often because I have no other choice. A lot of things that I’ve done before without a second thought require so much more energy now.

Now I am aware of what makes me feel good and what doesn’t make me feel good. And let’s be clear, girl: my patience has been short lately. I’m not gonna lie to ya! I do understand that there are some things that we simply must do and those things may not always be what we want to do. For instance, I have been doing well with cutting out the BS in my life. I’ve been regularly eliminating people who can’t hold up their end of the bargain in my life. I’ve also been addressing those people, things and situations that have proven to be triggering for me. It’s hard; but I’m happy that I’ve been committed to doing the work.

So I ask you, do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life has been showing you? Where are you going to? Do you know?

Jasmine Kelly is a contributing writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC. Jasmine is a higher education professional who believes in the powers of Black Twitter. You can follow her on Instagram @chicomydusty.

Photo Credit: Mariana Rodr

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