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If you were crossing a road, you don’t only look one way, do you? (If you do, kudos to you but, I know I look both ways.) If we take the pandemic and place it in this *crossing the road* situation, we can see that perhaps before crossing the road, we must look both ways to ensure a clear path ahead for us to cross safely.

The pandemic has it’s total downfalls; economic breakdowns, some small business disruptions and potential abolishment, job hours being cut, school & uni switching to virtual learning, families being separated, depression and anxiety rates likely have skyrocketed during these crazy times, morbidity and mortality rates drastically escalated… and many more consequences. But, this is just on one side of the “road”.

The other side for me personally is where I try to focus my thoughts. I’ve been able to slow down, take time and put my self first; self-care is so important! It can allow us to manifest compassion and love toward others around us; through finding time for ourselves. Like the saying goes, ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’. Along with this, I’ve been able to make precious memories with my family at home in isolation; it’s been great… because life does get in the way of family time; constantly out with other commitments. It’s been a pleasure by being “forced” to slow down, take time out of your day to spend with your family & cherish the memories you make.

For sure, this pandemic is challenging to say the least. It’s definitely got its struggles. But, it is what it is and it is what we make of it. You can’t control what’s going on around you but, you can control the way you react to it. Remember, be kind and stay safe.

 

Maddy Cashill

Yarriambiack Youth Action Council

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