Just a few weeks ago, we were living our best lives. Between visiting our favourite beaches and nearby woods, popping in to see our neighbours and letting kids play together, getting ready to celebrate Ericeiras much-awaited 4th Birthday and our 18th anniversary which falls on St. Patrick’s Day and planning our future travels, it was all perfect.
It was mid-March, one of the most adorable seasons of the year when daffodils start to appear in Irish gardens and when surrounding fields are bursting with friendliness and cuteness of young lambs. We were delighted to finally see that the days are gradually beginning to stretch and with more frequent appearances of the sun, we slowly started to wake up from winter hibernation feeling ready to tackle any life’s challenges.
Cut to today, when all the schools, restaurants and pubs are closed in Ireland due to coronavirus that moved quietly yet quickly from Wuhan China to Europe and now has been making headlines in Ireland, we are in a lockdown. Just like the rest of the world, we are learning to adapt to our new living conditions and trying to stay positive.
Cancelled travel plans and future blogging
As coronavirus lockdown loomed in Ireland and Scotland and we were urged by the government to stay at home and isolate ourselves, our dream trip to the Isle of Skye, where large pinnacles of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around, was simply out of the question.
Coming to terms with the fact that we need to cancel the trip we had been gleefully planning for the past six months wasn’t a painless process. Yet I wasn’t gonna let it ruin my day because the health of humanity was more important.
Despite the current situation, our love for travelling still remains. And despite the non-travel circumstances, we are happily digging deep into our photo archives, continuing to write about past trips and contemplating future ones.
Although I’m a loner at heart, adjusting to limited human interactions and confined spaces took a few tries to get it right. For now, our plan is to stay healthy, practice smart sanitation and see if we can help someone in need.
Future travel plans
Despite these sudden turbulent times, nothing can stop us from dreaming, staying connected and planning future trips. We have to keep calm and remind ourselves that the storm shall pass and that we are only taking time out to be with family.
Yes, it’s no secret that we love to travel. We thrive while going on adventures and exploring new countries, but if we have to stay in Ireland, then be it, because the drama and beauty of Ireland’s coastline are not to be underestimated.
Much like travelling to new countries, exploring Ireland’s national parks, surfing Wild Atlantic waves and visiting fishing villages provide a healthy dose of admiration, curiosity and family fun.
Finding new projects while in isolation
Even if your travel and life plans are cancelled due to pandemic, remember it’s only temporary. Life, as we knew it a month ago, will return again and we will be allowed to kiss, travel and hug again.
While no one likes to be forced to live and think differently, you can use this time to your advantage and do the things you always wanted to do but never had the time.
Be creative and find new projects. Sort out and edit photos from your previous trips. Practice photography. Try a new recipe. Listen to the podcast.
Slow down and read books. Read books inspired by the countries you wish to visit because one of the easiest ways to transport yourself to a new place when your travel plans are grounded is by reading.
Do puzzles and learn to live with less. Spend less and find faith. Practice patience and make ordinary moments seem magical.
Looking after yourself and dealing with unexpected
Life is full of surprises and unexpected moments. Life is full of ups and downs. There are twists and turns that bring surprises, happiness and even cause anxiety. One of the best things we can do is to accept that unexpected things happen all the time.
Self-care is essential, especially while in isolation, and so is de-stressing. While the media around the world is focusing on what’s going wrong, try to switch off the TV and concentrate on positives. Don’t let the panic and fear get the hold of your heart.
Don’t treat every day as the same, but find something to celebrate and look forward to. It’s not only the Christmas, Easter and Birthdays that mark special occasions. Be mindful and give extra attention to the little things in life. Toast to the change of seasons, celebrate freshly cooked meal and homemade treats and be thankful for simple messages of love.
I can only hope, once the pandemic is over, that we will choose to frown less and celebrate more. That we will choose to love more and hate less. That we will choose to create more and destroy less.
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Now, over to you!
How are you dealing with sudden life changes and living in isolation?
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