The Uses of Adversity

Sisyphus pushing a rock up the mountain

The Uses of Adversity. That’s what Granny always said she’d call her autobiography when she wrote it. Unfortunately, she never did. 

But that title sticks with me, and I think about it quite often. 

The Uses of Adversity. 

Seven and a half months ago when I wrote this post followed by this post about being an extrovert who has to cope with being away from people, I never dreamed I’d still be sitting at home in November. But here I am. 

The good news is I haven’t gone crazy. Or at least I haven’t gotten any crazier than I ever was. 

I don’t think. 😁

You know why?

Because I used my damn adversity. Thanks, Granny!

Since I’ve been forced into spending great amounts of time by myself, I’ve learned how to enjoy my own company in a way that I never have before in my whole entire life. I’ve pulled out the good china for lunches that I ate all by myself just because I can. I’ve spent time on my art, which I never “had time for” before. (I put “had time for” in quotation marks because it’s just an excuse. You can always make time for the things you really want to do.)

I’ve spent less time on social media and more time actually being social — at least as much as I can from a distance or by phone or video. I’ve learned I work better on a schedule. I’ve taken time to pay attention to myself and my needs. “Self-care” they call it. 

I’ve learned that I’m a pretty fun person to be around.

That’s why the second thing I’ve learned in 2020 is that I can  adapt to pretty much anything. I have adapted. And I will continue to adapt. 

And you can too. 😘

(This year for #BlogLikeCrazy, I’m talking about 30 lessons learned in 2020. Read the other posts here).

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