|You Are the Vaccine
This virus we have allowed to spread
We have allowed unimportant things
to become our main focus.
Is it really the end of the world
if your food is delivered 10 minutes late? That you didn't find a parking
spot close to the entrance of your workplace, and you have to walk 5 minutes?
That there is a line at the cash or that they didn't have your shade of
foundation at Sephora?
We have allowed things like going
to the grocery store, having a drink at a bar, going to work or opening
our front door become a habit. We expect it to always be accessible to
us. When in fact, it is a privilege. The real virus is the one we let infect
us on a daily basis. It's the only virus we can control, and the only one
we are already equipped with a vaccine for.
As soon as our routines change, we
start to realize the things we didn't do enough of. We didn't say "thank
you" when it was imperative, we didn't hug our friends long enough, we
didn't always say "I love you" at every chance we got, and we didn't realize
how important items like hand soap are. We take things for granted, we
are human, and we are imperfect. However, we are intelligent enough to
take our lessons and learn from them.
The vaccine is your perspective on
your life. It can save you. It can make sure you are constantly evolving
and growing. Think about the way you can improve the way you treat others,
the way you treat yourself, the way you feed your soul and fulfill the
burning desire in your heart to make this time on earth worth something.
Essentially the goal is to make sure than when your time does come, your
spirit is alive through your life's accomplishments. Always keep working
towards a life that has you looking back, at any moment, thinking, "I let
myself dream, I gave it my all, and above all, I loved".
Last year we experienced an ice storm
in Canada and some people didn't have power for weeks. For those who experienced
it firsthand; I hope you are now grateful for electricity and how it makes
everything we do possible. Next time your phone dies, just put it down,
and go be with your family or read a book. Don't sigh like it's the end
of the world, because I can assure you it is not. We now have a crisis
on our hands, pun intended, and we have no idea how long it will last.
We have suddenly been robbed of all we know to be normal. We cannot see
our friends or our loved ones; in most cases, that means our parents. We
cannot go to the movies, shopping for summer clothes, go for a coffee or
even go to work for crying out loud.
I hope that you take the time to
do what you love to do. Whatever that may be. Make lists of things to do
that you usually don't have time for and fill yourself up with things that
will make you stronger and better until it overflows.
You have control of the decisions
you make; stay home and vaccinate.
Those who persevere, flatten the
curve, and those who find light even in darkness, never take the sun for
Gabrielle Suryn is an endless
traveller, a photographer, a writer of a book in writing, an animal lover
and activist, Business and Management professional and a future animal
shelter owner. A strong belief in self-reflection and improvement is Gabrielle's
motto for life.