In the summer of 2020 I was planning to take a 6-month trip with my girlfriend through Russia, Asia and New Zealand.
We had been saving and preparing everything for a long time, and we were both super excited…
And then the pandemic came and shattered our plans.
Our first reaction was to say: “ok, let’s wait until all this is over and we’ll make the trip in 2021”.
However, when the second wave began in Spain in September 2020, we realized that it made no sense to postpone our trip because the countries we wanted to go to could take several years to open their borders.
So instead of waiting for the pandemic to end, we decided to make our trip despite of the pandemic.
Yes, we knew it was not going to be the same:
- That we were not going to be able to visit the countries we had in mind
- That in the countries we visited there were going to be things closed
- That we were going to have to do tests
But at the same time, we saw it as a good opportunity to get to know other different places that we also wanted to visit, and to do it for less money and with far fewer tourists than usual.
And of course: we thought it was a better option than staying at home lamenting our bad luck and waiting for everything to return to normal.
An incredible first half of 2021, in which, among other things…
- We have seen the northern lights and slept in an igloo in the north of Sweden
- We have bathed in the best beaches of Gran Canaria and we have walked through the dunes of Maspalomas almost without people
- We have enjoyed the peace and the volcanic landscapes of Fuerteventura
- We have shared laughs and dinners with friends in Malaga and Fuerteventura
And what we have left! 💪
It is true that they have put a few sticks in our nose, that we have not been able to enter several museums that we really wanted to go to because they were closed and that we have had no choice but to accept many other restrictions.
But I also tell you that I remember few beginnings of the year as good as this one.
I am not telling you all this to brag or to make your teeth long, but because I see many people who have put their lives at risk. standby because of the pandemic.
As due to the virus they cannot travel to the country they wanted, work what they wanted or start the business they had in mind, they have blocked themselves and have completely given up on all their goals assuming that “they are impossible”.
But the one that you can’t travel exactly to the country you want, work exactly of what you want or start exactly the business you had in mind… doesn’t mean you can’t travel to other amazing places, get other jobs that make you happy or start other profitable businesses.
The world is still one big adventure full of possibilities.
And while some of those possibilities may not be available right now, there are still plenty of good options out there, in addition to all the new alternatives that have emerged in the wake of the pandemic.
Therefore, if you are one of those who has postponed all your plans until things go back to the way they were before, I encourage you to adapt to it instead of continuing to wait for reality to be the way you want it:
- If you want to travel and the country you wanted to go to is closed, travel to another country that you also like and that is open (even if you have to take a test), or take the opportunity to go on excursions around your province or discover new corners of your city
- If you want to work on something that is not feasible right now, try to do the same digitally, find a similar position that is viable, or choose another job that also fulfills you.
- If you want to start a business in a sector that has been hit hard by the crisis, the same thing: think about how to digitize it or adapt it to the current situation, or start a different business that is also aligned with your objectives
But I insist: do not sit idly by or let the things you cannot do prevent you from seeing all the extraordinary things that ARE within your reach.
Time passes very quickly and life does not wait.
So take advantage of each day with or without a pandemic.
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