Like many of you, Covid-19 has taken a toll on my mental, physical, and spiritual health this past year. My failures were emphasized, and my accomplishments were buried. As I sit in my empty apartment on a seemingly hopeless Thursday night, I begin to write down 3 action items I am committing to, once everyone is vaccinated and this pandemic is officially declared “over”.
- Take a god-damn vacation
After all the trauma we’ve seen this past year, everyone deserves a vacation. If you haven’t seen your grandparents in over a year (I don’t blame gramp for not knowing how to use the ever-so advanced technology called Facetime), take a trip and go see them. Go ahead, go to Vegas with your group of 20 friends and party until 3 A.M. Take your significant other on a honeymoon trip to some island you probably didn’t even know existed. If you’re on a budget and lucky enough like me to be living near a beach, bike down to the pier and lay out in the sun for a tan. Don’t deprive yourself of a break or vacation. Remind yourself that this is especially important for you to move forward on your post-pandemic life with a clear mind.
2. Find a hairstyle that fits you
I’ve witnessed my co-worker coming in to work and having to explain to everyone that their partner attempted to cut their hair, but it resulted in a horrible buzzcut. I’ve seen girls in the grocery stores with hair colors I didn’t even know was possible — probably from the misuse of CVS boxed hair dye. For me, as much as I hate to admit it, I haven’t cut my hair in over a year. My hair is definitely long, dry, and damaged. For my entire life, I have never done anything permanent to my hair like dye or perm. I think after this pandemic is over, I am more willing to explore different hair colors and styles to reinvent my post-pandemic appearance. Girls usually get a haircut after a breakup to symbolize that they are moving on. Let’s just say this hair transformation will be my breakup with the pandemic and you bet, I’m ready to move on.
3. Re-think your emergency plan
I think Covid-19 has really taught us that life is fragile and unpredictable. People lost their loved ones, unemployment rates were rising, and businesses were forced to shut down. For my peers in their 20s, it’s time to seriously save money, invest, and have an emergency fund. For my readers with children, it is completely healthy to have a conversation with your children on what they can expect and how to cope if their loved ones pass away. This way, they will be prepared, and won’t be overwhelm with emotions. For business owners, don’t let this pandemic kill your passion — explore a different route, network with professionals, learn a new skill to get your business up and running again.