Good Afternoon Friends,
How are you all doing? I hope you’re in good health and are staying safe out there. Over the weekend I hit a mental wall where I really began to “feel” deprived of my normal routine. The reality of not being able to go out and about as I pleased sank in. Mentally I began to struggle. I felt couped up. I felt trapped! I wanted to cry. It was in that moment of anxiousness and despair that I took a step back to regroup.
This pandemic is a marathon. Not a sprint.
I reminded myself that throughout history people have had to stay indoors for periods of time for various reasons. There have been countless wars across the world where it simply wasn’t safe to go outside. The Jewish people huddled in their homes during the Holocaust for fear of deportation. Filipinos stayed in their homes while under a long bout of martial law. Pandemics have come and gone. Trying times have forced humans to hunker down and burrow.
And yet, we still rise and thrive.
It takes time to bounce back from any major setback. And I know all of us are anxious to get life moving again. But just as if we were running a marathon, now is not mile 26. We are in the thick of the race. The miles are long and feel endless. Our muscles are adjusting to the change of pace. Our senses and emotions are becoming still, falling into a pattern with our bodies. We are becoming a new, oiled machine adapting to the “new normal”. This is our normal.
Eventually we will cross the finish line. Finally we will peak in cases and begin the decline until everyone is treated. A vaccine will come about and be given to the masses. Our bodies will have antibodies, and this moment… this time of self-isolation… will be a thing of the past. It will be a chapter in global history. This period of time will be a moment when a virus threatened humanity and we rose up in various ways to combat it. We will remember and praise the doctors and nurses on the front lines. We will remember the many citizens tirelessly sitting in front of their sewing machines to make masks when supplies got low. We will remember the towns that came together to distribute food, when there was none. And the neighbors who passed on supplies to one another all in the name of love and goodwill.
That is how humanity survives. That is how our existence continues to persevere over these trying times. We stand together. ❤
Stay safe everyone!