How are you all doing this weekend?
Here in Antwerp it's finally summer and sale season. So all my pent up energy went on shopping. And which person doesn't like a good discount on things? I have a feeling that I save when I buy in sales, I don't look at what I spend I look at what I save. I know, I know it's silly. And saving for a rainy day is important. But sometimes it does feel good to treat myself to nice things (like I do not do that enough). But I am also lucky I am in a place in my life that I can. So sometimes splurging can be fun. And I think with all of the stress and uncertainty of the times, it's a way to escape for a bit from all of this. And I've always been one to feel guilty after buying things and always felt I had to hide the fact that I went on splurging. But actually there is no shame. We should know how to treat ourselves right and having nice things can also be a part of taking care of ourselves, of course with the knowledge that these are just things and they also do not define us.
It's been a bit daunting to me the last days, I got reprimanded for not walking with a mask in the park, when it was a measure to be wearing it everywhere. These rules have been vague for me but I also knew them so I just couldn't find a way to reason out with the police officer, I plead guilty and yes these guys are also having a hard time making all of us follow the rules. It is not nice because I wanted to be outside to have a breath of fresh air, but now a days we have to do that with masks. Not ideal. But at the same time, we still are being allowed to be outside and we just have to adjust a bit (maybe more than a bit) to the new rules and guidelines, for the good of everyone. It's easy to think of me, my needs, my wants but yes we are responsible for everyone else too. Funny times, we are called to stay at home and wear masks, the modern war and we don't know the magnitude of what we are fighting. We just have to give in.
Keep fighting the good fight. Remember take care of yourself first so you can take care of others, so do that in your own way, a nice meal, a good walk outside, a burst of laughing, talking to friends, or splurging on beautiful things. It doesn't really matter what you are doing. It matters that you are happy.