It’s the Little Things

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Scriam in urma cu putina vreme despre recunostinta, o viata pe modul incet si mai relaxata, si despre faptul ca ar trebui sa apreciem mai mult chiar si bucuriile marunte ale vietii. Gandesc asa inainte sa inceapa pandemia de Covid-19. Dupa aceasta perioada, in care am stat inchisi in case si am fost cumva fortati sa o luam mai incet am vazut multi oameni care au inceput sa aprecieze si lucrurile mici, libertatile pe care le avem si pe care ni le permitem zilnic. Sa iesim fara probleme pe usa la o plimbare, sau la alergare, sa vizitam un prieten, ca sa nu mai vorbim despre o vacanta peste hotare. Toate acestea le luam de bune, ni se datorau. Sper ca lectiile pe care l-am invatat in aceasta perioada sa ramana in memoria noastra mult timp de acum inainte. Mi-as dori sa fim cu totii mai impacati cu vietile, libertatile si oportunitatile noastre, pe langa problemele pe care le avem.

Am inchis ochii si m-am gandit la cele mai frumoase sentimente si momente din lume, chiar daca unii poate le-ar considera banale:

I was writing in some of my latest posts about grateful living, slow living, and truly appreciating even the smallest sweet things that life throws at us. This manner of thinking came to me naturally, before the Covid-19 pandemic began. After this period, when we were all confined and forced to take it slow, I saw many people that started to appreciate the small things, the liberties we have and take each day. These liberties, for example, being able to open the door and go for a walk or a run anytime, no strings attached or taking the time to visit a friend, not to mention traveling to a different country, were taken for granted by many. Somehow, I hope that the lessons we learned from this pandemic will stick in the long run. I wish we would all be more at peace with our lives and our liberties and opportunities, even if we all have our problems and hardships.

I closed my eyes and thought of some of the most beautiful feelings and moments in the world, even if some would consider them mundane:

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FOCUS ON WORK, FROM HOME

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De cand a inceput criza COVID-19, pentru multi a fost din ce in ce mai greu sa distanteze viata personala de cea profesionala. Angajatii care pot lucra de acasa au inceput sa se adapteze la noua normalitate. Beneficiile, cel putin pentru mine sunt multe. Imi place ca ajung din dormitor la birou in doar cinci minute. La revedere, mijloace de transport aglomerate! Alte beneficii includ programul flexibil, sentimentul de siguranta de acasa si haine comode.

Sunt si persoane care isi pierd repede concentrarea acasa. Iata cum ma descurc eu.

Balancing personal and work life has never been harder since the COVID-19 crisis started. The employees that can perform their jobs from home started to slowly adjust to the new normal. The benefits, at least for me, are many. My favorite perk is being able to travel from my bedroom to my office in no more than five minutes. So long, pesky commute! Other benefits include a more flexible schedule, the safe feeling of your own home, or a comfy outfit.

But some people can get easily distracted by this familiar environment. Here’s how I remain focused.

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LIVING WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS

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Boala, fie ca e vorba de o afectiune acuta care supara doar pe moment, sau de o suferinta cronica de durata, ajunge inevitabil sa ne fie partenera de viata tuturor. Unii sunt norocosi si ies repede din relatia cu Boala. Altii raman legati pe viata de Boala intr-o relatie toxica si plina de neprevazut. Cine a avut ghinionul sa se imprieteneasca cu Boala in Romania, stie ca are toate sansele ca suferinta sa sa se dubleze din cauza lipsurilor din sistem. Lipsuri care de ani buni sunt ignorate de cei care conduc Romania prin rotatie. Doar chipul si numele sunt diferite. In esenta, ei sunt aproape toti o apa si un pamant. “Animale” politice (de fapt a-i numi asa este o jignire adusa regnului animal) care nu cunosc omenia si empatia.

The Disease, be it an acute affection that manifests itself for the moment, or a long time chronic illness, is inevitably sometimes a life partner for all of us. Some are lucky and leave this relationship quickly. Others, learn to live with the Disease, in a toxic and restless relationship. Whoever had the misfortune to befriend a Disease in Romania, knows their suffering can be doubled by the lack of conditions in the health system. Shortages that for too long now are purposely ignored by those who rule Romania by rotation. Only their faces and names are different. Essentially, they are one and the same. Political “animals” (calling them this is an offense to the animal kingdom) that do not know humanity and empathy.

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NICE THINGS

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Putem sa avem parte de lucruri frumoase chiar si pe timp de pandemie? M-am tot intrebat asta in timp ce am incercat sa ma acomodez cu noul stil de viata. De la mijlocul lui martie viata s-a schmbat complet. Drumul de 45 de minute pana la munca s-a redus la 45 de secunde, cam cat imi ia sa ajung la birou din orice colt al casei. Bucataria e acum restaurantul meu preferat, baie e si spa, sufrageria sala de sport. Lumea a devenit dintr-o data mai mica si poate acum sa incapa in apartamentul meu.

Can we have nice things during this pandemic? I kept wondering while adjusting to a new lifestyle. Starting mid-March life has completely changed. My daily commute went from 45 minutes to about 45 seconds, the time it takes to reach my desk from almost every corner of my apartment. My kitchen became my favorite restaurant and coffee shop, the bathroom is also a spa, the living room is also a gym. The world became smaller, and can now fit into my apartment.  

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