Covid Made Me Re-think Life

When work-from-home has become a norm in my everyday life, my lifestyle went from dogmatic to flexible. If it wasn’t for the Covid-19 lockdown, I won’t have started to learn portrait painting on my own.

I have been working in offices for more than 10 years; worked with different co-workers, socialized in different occasions with people, met different clients, etc to earn a living. Generally, I have my personal time only after 6pm ever since I started to work as a full-timer. It was a stable life and income to deal with, not much excitement except for the vacation plans to go overseas.

When Covid-19 hits the whole world by storm, just like a lot of office workers, I started to work from home and get to manage my time in a more flexible manner. The pandemic lockdown made me realized that there is much more in life we can discover than just a stable job and income. For example, we forget the most basic skill a person should acquire - cooking. Since our daily lives dedicate 8 hours for office, most of us choose to eat out as an excuse of no time to cook, and we take long hours of relaxation to compensate for our 8 hours of hard work in the day. Perhaps it was the affection from my deceased mother, I started to cook almost every day especially during the lockdown and I appreciate healthy food more than ever.

Besides, I found myself no longer feeling the sense of joy and satisfaction in the company I was working for. If everyone no longer stuck in their offices (and act busy), definitely there will be many windows open up for us to explore the life outside of workplace.

Life Transition

My transition from full-time to part-time to eventually freelance, I get to adapt my lifestyle accordingly. Time management is the key - I plan my 24hours with flexible schedules, and I became aware of every minute I spent to ensure high productivity. I finish my work and I squeeze in time to paint. Also, I get to read lots of books by not going out for dinners and movies, or wandering in shopping mall without any purpose. I’ve also started to make my coffee and tea at home, which taste so good and are relatively cheaper than getting from coffee shop.

I continue my painting routine at home because no physical art class is allowed to be conducted. Lucky enough to say, I have been enjoying painting like a child and seeing my progress in 1-2 years.

What are the changes you’ve gone through due to this pandemic?