23 Apr It's okay
It's a strange world we're living in right now. [COVID-19](https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) has pressed a giant pause button on all of our lives. For some, this pandemic has given them the opportunity to [rethink their life and priorities](https://www.reddit.com/r/minimalism/comments/g1l0vc/coronavirus_changing_peoples_mindset_about_what/). Some people are finding the silver lining in [giving Mother Earth a break](https://www.reddit.com/r/spirituality/comments/fjhfwf/i_cant_help_but_feel_happy_that_the_world_is/). Some are saved from dead-end jobs and [make more money on unemployment benefits now](https://www.reddit.com/r/self/comments/fzgmgr/the_coronavirus_pandemic_has_saved_my_life/). Others are simply glad that [distancing is now a thing](https://psiloveyou.xyz/2020-is-officially-the-year-of-the-introvert-58b9ff2a9e1e). I bring up these perspectives to take you on a break from the general sentiment of negativity building up these days. One only needs to open any random news site to get more than they need of anxiety-stimulating articles. Everyone is navigating quarantine in their own way too. Personally, I'm missing the gym, as well as being able to go back home to family and friends in Taiwan. This is already almost the longest I've been gone from home. With the pause button pressed however, I'm finding gratitude in finally resolving some of that [burnout](https://www.verywellmind.com/stress-and-burnout-symptoms-and-causes-3144516) that's been causing me some stress for the past year. Finally, I just want to remind my readers that it's okay to feel uncertain or anxious. It's okay to have problems and stress about it. Many people are afraid to talk about their fears and anxieties because they're often met with the phrase "well, other people have it much worse". If a problem is real to you, then it is real. It doesn't matter what your situation is, or how privileged you may or may not be. Everyone has different problems that come from their very different lives. We are living through times where there is no good option for many difficult choices—only the least bad option. Do what you need to do for your health, and remember to be [gentle](https://www.michaelcheng.us/stuff/48) with yourself.