I Choose Life

COVID-19 has brought about a big change to life. With a more isolated lifestyle and with so many activities and events cancelled or postponed, at first this time felt so empty. Like an uncomfortable void. As this time has gone on though, it’s really lead me to consider what I actually need within my life. What is actually “essential” for me – both physically and mentally. Family, food, friends, work (or something to keep the brain and soul stimulated), health. These are all the things that have been highlighted at this time as essential. I see all of these ‘essential elements’ as expressions of love. Actions of love towards others, and actions of love towards self.

Now as we look down the barrel at the beginning of lifted restrictions (beginning tomorrow, May 1st in NSW) I find myself looking at what’s to come, holding these ‘essential life elements’ very close. I’m wondering if I will be able to still keep enough space in my life that I can continue to value these elements, and put them first? Therefore always putting love first.

I feel very thankful for the shake up of life we have had. I hope you have been able to find a positive to this ‘life-change’ too.

This is a song I wrote a few years ago (2016), when I felt that my brain was absolutely flooded with things I HAD to do. Things required to be a good person, a good parent, a respectable citizen, a good role model etc. What I had found was, most of my decisions were based around what I thought other people thought (or would think) of me – effectively meaning I was missing out on my own life, by trying to live it according to how others would think most of me. Throwing that thought out the window, I chose life and I chose kindness towards myself.