March of 2020 definitely changed me; I was living on the high of turning 30 when suddenly, things took a wrong turn. Being diagnosed with Coronavirus was possibly one of the scariest times in my life, because I had no clue if I was going to make it. Call it what you want – I’m dramatic, over reacting, etc, but until you’ve shared my experience, you wouldn’t truly understand.
So much of that time, I can’t really recall – that in itself is scary as hell. Imagine something so traumatic happening … and the entire thing is a faint memory. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to remember every detail accordingly. Or, perhaps I do, because it led me on a path of self discovery that I didn’t imagine would happen. I have to be honest, when cases in Virginia started to rise, I didn’t pay much attention to it. I mean, I felt fine, so I figured I was alright. In a matter of days, everything suddenly went south
As I recall that time, and the months after, I think about the growth I’ve experienced. For one, I didn’t think I was strong enough to …. make it. It was a long process that taught me I can overcome anything. Since, I wanted to share some pockets of peace that I learned along the way, and why, I suppose, quarantine wasn’t all too bad.
Since I wasn’t going out so much, it really helped me focus on building myself. I indulged in a little more self care, I cried when I was feeling sad instead of “pressing on,” as I often do, and I learned how strong I can truly be when everything around me seems to be falling apart. I’m not going to lie, Coronavirus kicked my ass! I had no energy and spent my days lying helplessly on the recliner watching the world continue … without me. Yet through every struggle, I was able to overcome the virus and prosper.
The last couple of months, I’ve hosted not one, but two of my “Coffee and Comfort” series, sold out of yet another round of journals, and started working on new projects that are going to be released, hopefully, by the end of this year! It’s truly been a blessing to overcome so much, and come out stronger than ever.
Not only did I learn that even in the darkest of times, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, I feel as if post quarantine Alana is far more better than pre quarantine Alana; I learned new ways to love myself, even when it didn’t seem possible. I let go of old friendships and gained new ones – surrounding myself with people who challenge me to be the best Alana I can possibly be. I’ve never been more determined to succeed than now, and I hope quarantine brought some joy into your lives, as well. Just remember that despite the circumstances, you can overcome anything …. even in the midst of a global pandemic.