The Corona virus has changed everyone’s lives. There is no getting around that fact, regardless of your personal thoughts on the pandemic – it has affected you.
There is a lot of talk about collective action and collective sacrifice – that we are all in this together, which is true. Yet our realities are different, our ideas of acceptable sacrifice and action also different. We will all come out of this with different outcomes.
It’s easy to focus on all the bad things
It is the topic that seems to dominate the media (in all forms) these day, even if it is valid.
Hundreds of thousands of people are dying, for some of us they have been our loved ones and friends.
Millions of people are unemployed and losing healthcare (in America) at a time when healthcare coverage is most necessary.
Millions of people are one piece of legislation away from being homeless, once moratoriums on evictions are lifted.
We all miss our family, our friends, our ability to come and go as we please. Our kids are struggling with their own losses and we as parents are trying to balance their lives, their losses, and our own.
Even for someone like me who prefers to be a homebody, who enjoys quiet isolation – I feel the restrictions of my ability to roam. The feel the draw to go interact with people, even if only for a few moments.
I know that I am safer at home, and I know that you are safer when I am at home. So I refrain.
I can relate to all of the bad. I am laid off, I wish I could wander more than I can, I am anxious about the lack of seriousness around the current health crisis, and I wonder what that will mean for me in the months and years to come.
But there is good to be found.
My family is together more now than we have been in years. We eat dinner together every night. I have amazingly meaningful conversations with my husband, something that got lost in the exhaustion of the 9-5. We are all healthy and together, that for me is priceless.
I have reconnected with myself.
Now I am exploring ideas about a new path in life as I focus in on my writing and discuss trauma advocacy projects with a survivor friend.
This pandemic has not only given our beautiful Earth space to breathe and heal, it has given me space to breathe and heal. In this space, I am giving attention and energy to what is most important to me, to what makes my life most fulfilling, not just to what I am losing.
I hope you can find space to do that too.
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