springtime magic in philadelphia

Hello, world!

It's been about two weeks since I began my self-quarantine amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. Earlier this month, I went on a few short walks near my apartment to clear my often cluttered mind. During those walks around Center City, I was finally able to find and appreciate the flowers that I had been yearning for throughout the cold winter. I'm sad that we're unable to fully enjoy all of the beauty that spring has to offer us while this quarantine lasts, but I'm learning to cherish the fleeting joys and remember that this is only a temporary pause for a much, much greater good.

To maximize these short amounts of time outside, I decided to dress my best and take photos with the delightful sights I happened upon as I strolled around our neighborhood. It's an interesting thing—I walked along the same exact streets that I would usually take to go to the grocery store or commute to work, but somehow I marveled at each sidewalk corner and every quiet alley in such a way that seemed like I was a tourist in a new city.

So, I think it's safe to say that I'm falling in love with Philly all over again.

I was comforted by someone's thought the other day—that although the pain and despair that our world is facing at this moment is so very frustrating, isolating, and heartbreaking, we're in an oddly special place where together we can cling onto the same hope, understand what it means to truly embrace humanity and other human beings, and watch our planet heal itself little by little. May it be so.

Stay strong, stay mindful, and stay safe, my friends. Talk soon.
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