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Week 3 has rolled over far quicker than I thought it would be.
One of the fun blog posts I wrote this week was for "Waggish Writer Geeks Out" where I was very geek to watch a Zoom call of the Lord of the Rings cast come together. It included iconic scenes verbal, fun stories shared about behind the scenes, and remembrances of the cast as the individual in charge of the group learning the different languages from the Lord of the Rings passed away due to the COVID-19 complications.
It does bite that the normal activities we would do in June are limited with some restrictions being lessened. However, we have to be cautious, so we avoid a second spike that could slam the restrictions back down, possibly alienate the remaining bit of summer we have left since June is getting into its second full week with July and August coming around the corner.
It never struck me how much I love and miss my family until this time. As I am currently based in Ann Arbor, it is a fair drive to my family who live a bit north of Grand Rapids. However, having the option of taking a visit to my family over a weekend is harder than I imagined. My brother and his family moved to the Kalamazoo area before everything went chaotic. I have a niece and nephew that seem to be sprouting quicker than the pictures my sister-in-law shares with my family.
When the restrictions are more relaxed, I will definitely be treasuring the time I spend with my loved ones. I will still be mindful to keep everyone I care about healthy until there is a vaccine to ensure that this pandemic may not repeat in this current life time.
At the same time, if it weren't for COVID-19, I would not have had the time to create Waggish Writer. I always put it off with excuses of needing to work and looking for ways to improve my lot in life. COVID-19 forced me to re-evaluate myself and to listen to what my heart wants for my life versus what my mind tells me the shoulds and coulds of what to do with my life.
Since I listened to my heart and allowed my mind to decide how to peruse my heart's wishes, everything has changed for me.
I take my health more seriously, so I can write and pursue a long, healthy life. I am more mindful of my eating, allowing myself treats on a smaller scale rather than the monster-sized ones of the past. I am able to look at what I have accomplished personally and professionally, realizing I am worthy of the world's light and love and being the best version of me is enough. I am who I am. I will be myself and respect others for being who they are.
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