August 11 | #Actual Birthday Musings:
The last five months of my life (from March 11 to the present) have been completely uneventful to say the least. And quite literally at that. No live events or pageant activities to cover or report about. If that’s not enough, I have never ever deeply embraced staying-at-home till now that the global pandemic changed all our lives in a flash.
On the bright side, the digital platform has given me the opportunity to continue doing what I do best. The words “Zoom”, “Streamyard” and even “Kumu” used to be nowhere near the mainstream of my usual vocabulary as being important. It was also because of the long lockdown that #PageantryNorms was born, and why normannorman.com continues to exercise my mind with the daily challenge of coming up with blogs that (still) mercifully engage my discriminating readers who keep me on my feet. Content is the most stressful demand, especially with an online program I need to plan 2-3 weeks in advance. But am I complaining? Not at all.
My physical health remains on a “so-far-so-good” status, and having Mama as permanent lockdown companion continues to preserve my sanity. Our relationship, while not the most teleserye-heartwarming, is a unique blend of individual quirks that still mesh under the most trying circumstances.
So on this day, I have fully realized this quote:
“Life is like a camera.
Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.”
Indeed, the next click might just be the money shot…or another fail. But either way, I am ready to conquer it head-on. With face shield and mask to boot!
Photos taken by Lester Pilar