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You'd be so surprised that I actually have to preface this at all.

NO PUN INTENDED !

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I for one think it's a bit hilarious the precarious situation we are STILL in.

(Now don't get me wrong, I'm not some insincere jerk or idiot. I am fully aware that this pandemic has caused death and innumerable devastation. I am so lucky and blessed that my circumstances are okay, I know my blessings)

By hilarious, I mean it is just so crazy to think that we are in the middle of chapters after chapters of new history books. It's safe to say that 2020 has been a dumpster fire even BEFORE the pandemic. The amount of passing last year alone and the devastation on the streets is more than enough to make anyone abide by guidelines to stay inside,WHETHER A GOVERNMENT ORDERED IT OR NOT.

But that's not what I'm, going to be focusing on,

or really, trying to get you to focus on is this : YOU ARE IN A PANDEMIC, A HISTORICAL, GLOBAL PANDEMIC. Cut yourself some slack, struggling college student.

I can't believe it, but I have to help you stop bashing yourself. I have no idea how, but I know I need to help put a a little sense into you undergraduates, postgraduates , i'll try and do it in two unordered ways really.

.1 Things aren't the same, seriously... like not the same at all.

.2 What the pandemic has done for me/ what we can all lean from it!

I won't keep you waiting, your mental stability and logic is at hand. But I will say this: I can't help you, really, I can only aid your help, maybe influence it. But it's not up to me to help you! HELP YOURSELF, At the end of the day, God and you are all that you have my friends. HELP YOURSELF. (❁´◡`❁)

1. I DON'T THINK YOU GET IT.... I REALLY DON'T THINK YOU DO

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You have to be!

I'm going to tell you something that I hope will honestly never leave you....

YOU ARE IN HISTORY, YOU ARE WRITNG THE FUTURE HISTORY BOOKS IN YOUR PRESENT, AND YOUR FAILING CLASS IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ECONOMIC CRISIS!

So, the next time your lecturers give you cr*p about not showing up to classes since you registered and yet you demand a 70%+..... just tell them what I just told you.! I so hope, that you are NOT doing that my friends,

(please don't)

No, but seriously, the title of this first part is really just basic truth! things really aren't the same, the way they should be. The world has hit a standstill,
A girl in Korea is going through the exact same thing as a guy in Switzerland.

We are all going through the same struggles.... except.... in a very DIFFERENT circumstance. Read that again, then digest it!.

It's like getting your same favourite snack that you usually get in TESCO, but due to circumstances out of your control, have to now go to WALMART. You know the way to the snack aisle in TESCO like the back of your hands, the winding aisles engraved in your head. Now, it's WALMART, you don't know it well enough, but it's the same snack you wish to get. You're in uncharted territory and you've realized that, the same tricks just won't work in this case.

The same route you know like the back of your hands, is no longer of any use to you.

Great analogy... I know,

But it sticks the same. We are in very different times then we are made used to. The education system was not built to withstand nor live through a pandemic. The airports are closed most of the time, restaurants aren't open, MC DONALDS IS CLOSED, schools are shut down and now put online in homes and worst of all church is closed, so no communal gatherings.

The whole world's "normal" has changed and no longer exists, we are in a time of worldwide stagnancy.

The government, economy, company, laws EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED. If nothing is really not the same, then why would you think that the same things that you used to do, would work ?

Please cut yourself some slack ladies !! Online school is not easy, especially, if you aren't used to it. If you are used to going to physical public school, if you are used to having an actual physical teacher/lecturer. So friends, you can't expect yourself to be the best student, the A GRADE STUDENT, when you've lost your footing and your comfort ability. Take it easy, if you're usually doing really well, but now you are struggling,

THAT'S OK!!!!. BREATHE.

You are definitely not the only one going through this, (I'll explain the truth of what it has done to me in the next title). It's not the same world we are used to, sit down with yourself and start being nicer to yourself. It's going to take a lot of rearranging and redecorating of your internal mind and space and capability and start to do things differently. You can't do anything useful, if you don't think you're any useful!!!!

YOU DO BRING SOMETHING TO THE TABLE!!!!, only problem is.... you might need a new table.... BUT YOU ARE NOT THE PROBLEM. So, HAVE THAT SLICE OF CAKE.

2. THE PANDEMIC: What's it done for me...

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I should love myself more.

I won't even sugarcoat it...

This pandemic has been, really tough on me. Like.....really tough. I've had to face some inner troubles, and I've had to come to terms with some things that I thought I was over. This 13 month long, international, globally accepted self isolation has brought me so much time to heal.

I've recently got into a college course that I was really excited to be in. I knew it wasn't going to be easy.... but...HOLY MOLEY!!!. I've never truly doubted my abilities and capabilities, like I have now .

Honestly, I've sat in class and just stared at the screen with wide frightened eyes, hoping that maybe the ground would swallow me up if I fail another test. I'M JUST BEING HONEST.

I feel like this quarantine has forced me and everyone to be honest with themselves and the people around them. It's strange to say this, but this pandemic has been an actual blessing (and not necessarily in disguise for me).

While I've noticed my negative habits and admitted my faults..... This quarantine also gave me the thing I have been craving..... A LOVING BREAK!!!!!!!. And boy, now after praying for it for months....

I'm sorry all, I think I may have had something to do with sending the pandemic lads!

Look, the reason I'm bringing up my past tales hopefully is to give you some insight, and to mainly remind you: YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS!!! YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE STRUGGLING IN THIS!! and also, STOP ISOLATING YOURSELF.

It really brings nothing to the table but emptiness!!. I don't want you to think that I don't understand what it is, that you are going through!. One thing that has helped me through the tough, historic time is to remind myself of the good things that this could have been or already exists!!!.

For example, in my case, my relationship with God has gotten SO MUCH better! When I'm stressed, I just go to Him and pray, chat or rant and I really feel calm and at peace. It's so important to find those things that will bring you peace and KEEP A FAST HOLD ON TO THEM. Talk to those around around you about your actual troubles, it's good to struggle in unity and together!! (/ω\)

To Conclude...

I'LL LET YOU GO BACK TO SELF-PITYING IN A MINUTE, BUT BEFORE I DO....

Don't isolate yourself girlies, it's not worth it.

Truly, everyone is down on their luck during this horrible time, so there's no point in moping around and being by yourself. The great thing about all of this is: NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING!!! and the ones that pretend that they do, are probably worse than you.

Don't self pity, you are better than that babe!!.
Take it easy, take a bath, bake a batch of cookies or dirtbike through Scotland if that's what you are into. You and I are apart of history!!!!

THAT MEANS SOMETHING BIG!!

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Skylar ! ☆*: .。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆