By Vicky Zhuang Yi-Yin
I’m writing from the safety of my house right now, where I isolated with mom. You know that place that you will inadvertently start treating like a hotel room because you’re going to go out all day, out and about with your work and gym and hanging out and whatever. I know life moves on and you want to keep moving forward. But you know what, I want you to take away certain lessons from the time we were stuck within the confines of our humble four walls.
Never Underestimate the Time you Have with Yourself
We were always scared of being locked up at home with nothing to do. Trust me, there’s a lot that you can do. But I want you to remember, it is time that you can spend on yourself, to reflect on all the things that has happened and to see what you can do about your future. How do you want to move forward? I for one think it allows me to look for inner peace. But you, in the future, might slip back into the rut and I want you to take that time out every now and then to reflect.
Never Take for Granted the Time You Have with Your Parent
You know since dad died, mom’s always been home. So make sure that you make time for her, like you did when you were me.
Never Take for Granted Your Friends
Make sure you take some time out to write to a friend. You get busy with everything, and you’d just focus on only the people who are physically around you. It is fine to be busy, but take time out to take care of others as well.
Take Care of Yourself
I know you. Duh. You’re going to be getting busy. Everyone’s got a bank to fill. Everyone’s got stomachs to feed. Everyone’s dreams. It’s good to chase them. But remember to breathe. Remember to take a break. Remember to take care of yourself.
Always Choose Compassion
In a world where everyone is after their own goals we sometimes succumb to fears, or greed. That’s ok. But always wherever you come to the end of the road and you see a fork, choose the road to compassion. Please. The world needs it way more than ever right now.
The world right now is slowed down. It’s supposed to be. It’s a chance for all to take breath. I know you can survive a few months locked in, but I want you to keep being a better person when you come out of it. We’ve seen all the videos of how bad things are, we’ve heard all the stories, and the only solution to it is to be nice to each other. I’m not sure about inspiring people or anything. I’m not asking for grand ideas of being a hero. I’m just asking you to take care of yourself and the people you care for and for the people around you as much as you can, and for you to do it for yourself. Because at the end of the day, you’re the only one who matters to yourself the most. And I don’t want you to forget that.
Take care of yourself and love,
Vicky Zhuang Yi-Yin is a storyteller, theatre and film productionist, performer, writer, poet, singer, and academic and always in constant wanderlust mode.
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