It's the little things

Maybe it's the weather, or maybe it's just all this time cooped up at home, but the past few months have really forced me to take a step back and re-evaluate almost everything in my life. I don't remember when last I had this much time to think, and I can't tell whether that's a good thing or not. I've quickly learnt that having all this time is only really great if you know what to do with it, or more specifically what not to do.

All that aside, the uncertainty of life in Ireland, or anywhere in the world right now, doesn't quite help anyone make the best decisions about what to do with their time, especially when 'normal' doesn't even seem to be on the horizon. Having just finished final year of college, I'm feeling somewhat at a loss with what to do with myself. I've tried filling my days with just about everything, the good, the bad and the in between. I've spent days watching Netflix and painting, baking and running, walking and swimming, writing and reading, but nothing quite fills the void of what my Summer should be like, or what it would have been like without Covid-19. 

Despite my inability to put any sort of structure on my life, or my time, I've learnt that finding happiness in the mundane doesn't really depend on your productivity or what you have to show for yourself at the end of the day, but instead it's all around us, in the little things. When it feels like there's no hope at all, it's nice to find joy in life's normalities. A Zoom call with your friends, writing letters, taking pictures, a mug of hot chocolate after a long day, a cold swim. Sometimes life, even at its most banal, can be so beautiful if we just take a step back and allow ourselves to appreciate all the ordinary things we do.

I guess the biggest thing I've learnt during isolation is that happiness is more than the big moments. It's not the graduations or the birthday parties, or the new jobs and noteworthy achievements. It's the smile from your neighbours when you pass them on the road, your sister buying you your favourite ice cream, or a chat with your friends. When you learn to find happiness in all the ordinary things that make life extraordinary, everything feels a little better.

Chat soon,

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