The Days of Our Unremarkable Lives

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“Painting outdoors on a Sunday morning!”
Nikki Tan, Singapore

During this slow, mundane period, it is necessary to find things that can lift your spirits, lest you get lulled into negativity. For inspiration, ALESCE writer Nikki asked some friends living around the world to share photos documenting the random things that bring them joy.

“Covid-19, could you wrap it up already?”

Sometimes our present circumstance feels almost unreal, almost ungraspable – a world retreated into homes, retreated into silence and solitude. Most days I pray that all this would quickly come to an end, that my empty planner no longer has to sit idle on a dusty shelf. 

Maybe your days feel like never-ending cycles, maybe you wake up every morning (or afternoon, no shame) lying in bed thinking “what should I get up for?”. Without any goals or things to work towards, every day can feel drearily similar, and it’s easy to get lost in the mundanity of things. We get trapped in the sluggishness of dull repetitions, suffer from “cabin fever”, and perhaps are just sick of it all.   

“Though today may not be remarkable, it is not unimportant. It is unique, priceless, and irreplaceable.” – Jon Bloom

Our seemingly unremarkable days can still prove it’s worth when you choose to look closely and discover the (many) things that you can still be thankful for. “Find joy in the little things”, a cliché saying we find in almost every self-care checklist, but when done with intention, we find the wondrous effect of it to be true. Self-care is so important and essential to keep us going! 

During this slow, mundane period, it is even more necessary to find these things that can lift your spirits, especially amidst the dangers of being lulled into negativity. Spend some time at the start of every week or day noting down activities that you can or wish to do. It doesn’t have to be tedious or mind-bogglingly detailed, just noting down a few simple things will do! Agendas as easy and small as getting up and making pancakes for breakfast, or “finish a quarter of my puzzle by today”, or “Friday night: mask and Netflix” — something to feed your restlessness, anything that peppers joy into your day. 

For inspiration, I asked some of my friends living in different parts of the world to share photos documenting things that they’ve been doing during this period, and a look into random times of their days that have brought them joy –- of what life looks like around the world: 

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“Celebrating Angela’s [the lady living with her] birthday!”
 Ruth Preston, United Kingdom

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“By the Brighton beachfront”
Hannah Collier, United Kingdom

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“Cycling with my sister”
Marie Armes, United States of America

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“I really enjoy playing the piano”
Marie Armes, United States of America

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“Making croquetas [a typical Spanish dish] with my dad”
Alba Navarro, Spain

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“My sister painting on the balcony”
Alba Navarro, Spain

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“Taking walks on a Saturday”
Gloria Chew, Australia

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“Pretty sunsets!”
Jean Tilos Gomes, IloIlo, Philippines

Life might not be the most ideal now, but little things in our seemingly unremarkable days can still create picture-perfect memories! It is indeed strange times we live in, but every moment has a purpose, and every moment can be counted as gift and grace. 

Perhaps it is in these unremarkable days, that we discover the most remarkable things that we truly cherish. 

About the author

Nikki Tan

Nikki Tan

Nikki is a part of ALESCE's Editorial Team.

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