I hope this blog post finds you and your family in good health. This is how we must start off emails, texts, etc. We need to check in with each other more frequently right now.
Anyone else wondering “what the hell happened to 2020?.”
The year started off like every other year with good intentions, resolutions, and travel plans. I took a few trips to visit my family. Yearly traditions were upheld. I cheered on the marathon runners in January in Houston, I watched the Academy Awards with my family playing red carpet bingo, I went to a Broadway show, and I even managed to squeeze in a trip to Florida to visit the parents.
The sun was shining, large groups of people gathered, we hugged, laughed, high fived runners, and dined out in restaurants. There was talk of the virus but mostly we wondered if we really needed to worry about it. This was late February, two weeks later almost everything was cancelled or on the way to being cancelled.
Now that we are entering another month of social distancing. Again I ask “what the hell happened?!”. Everyone has an opinion, facts to spew, knowledge to share, etc. We’re getting mixed messages from the government, we’re trying not to panic, we’re wondering when/if life will ever be normal again. We’re trying not to judge but dammit why aren’t more people taking this seriously and why are people protesting?!
I was reading my about info before writing this post. Obviously I’ve been MIA from writing. Yes, it took me 38 days of staying at home to start writing again. It was kind of sad to read my lifestyle paragraph because I miss the travel, dining out, etc. Most of us do. I also miss writing and I can’t tell you why it took me so long to start again with my extra time at home.
This current situation has had a terrible impact on a lot of people. I feel blessed that I have a home, my health, a job, a supportive family, good friends, and food. My only struggle is a mental one that has hit me in the last month. In March life was all about prep, dealing with the restrictions, buying a puzzle I’ve ignored, finding ways to stay active, and being okay with how the world operated. I had mostly good days in March. April hit and I spiraled a little. I have a few good days and then a few bad days or a good week and then a bad week. I think this is true for a lot of people. There are a lot more things to worry about right now and a lot of things that feel out of our control.
I’m single and I live alone in a city. I interact with people when I leave my building but I miss human contact. (I’m also trying not to interact with people, or to at least keep a safe distance.) Most of the time (before lock-down) I didn’t have a problem being single. Here’s why: before this lock-down I was able to easily visit with friends and family and travel to find comfort. Now I feel more alone. It’s okay, I do have family and friends who I see virtual every week. I just wanted to put that out there to the world. Don’t forget about your single friends living alone. We’re mostly fine (no fights over what to eat or to watch on TV) but we could use a fun text, phone call, or video chat once in awhile.
Actually, check in with all of your friends and family. A fun check in is important for everyone right now. Be supportive, laugh, find fun things to do together and share with each other even though we can’t see each other in person.
Don’t feel bad if you haven’t started a new hobby, project, or if you don’t complete a workout every day. Its okay to have a lazy day.
I have taken on a new roommate thanks to my sister-in-law’s thoughtful gift. Matthew says hello.
All right, all right, all right.
Back to blogging…
I’m back at it again. I will be posting about at home activities: meetings on zoom, dressing for your at home activities, self-care routines, drinks I’m fixing, and whatever else is part of a living at home lifestyle. I will also post about fashion trends. There are still trends to write about even though most people are at home.
I want to finish this post thanking everyone who is working in this crazy world. Thank you to: ALL health care workers, ALL delivery personal (UPS, Post Office, Amazon, food delivery, etc), ALL employees at essential businesses (grocery stores, liquor stores, any open business), ALL small business owners and restaurants that are finding ways for us to support them and buy their food and products.
I really hope we can come out of all of this appreciating people and businesses we took for granted in the past.