@barbarian you’re doing a pretty amazing job bro. Holding down a job, being a dad, supporting your missus. Things that might seem like every day stuff, but cannot be sniffed at in these uncertain times.
That’s not to say that even when we are putting forth our best effort we don’t experience the highs and lows, emotionally and physically.
After lockdown 5 in Melbourne was announced I was pretty emotional about it because one of my daughters (just turned 11yo, grade 5) who had just got back into the swing of going back to school again was going to be taken out again and then all the readjusting would have to happen in two weeks. Lockdown 6 then happens and earlier this week she can’t help but feel excited about going back to see her friends at school, lockdown extended and yesterday was a tough day for her. Nothing I can do about the situation other than love her, talk to her, encourage her.
Sometimes things simply do not work out the way we think - relationships sour, kids get depressed, jobs are lost, businesses go under, another lockdown, families can’t be visited, loved ones are lost - things that are sometimes outside of our control. Something my old man taught me back when I was going through a challenging time, resilience isn’t about not experiencing the bad things in life, but maintaining a positive outlook when there are a thousand reasons not too.
Not always easy but I believe that each day there is a chance to put it to the test. Sometimes it’s during a walk outside or quiet moment at home, or an epiphany like moment that @mariner4life had that we can reflect on our life and make a choice.