I am guilty… I did not think that the Coronavirus would become as big and catastrophic as it has been all across the world. When it first began to hit the media, I blew it off and didn’t even think much of it the first few weeks. Then it began to grow. More and more countries began getting hit with the waves of the pandemic. Although I do believe the media has had a very negative effect on all the panic and hysteria, I do believe this virus is also very scary and very life threatening. Last week we got the call that our children’s school would be canceling for three weeks minimum and then a few days later my husbands work decided to close in order to keep both their employees and the community safe. It has been a whirlwind of emotions the past week. We have began social distancing to ensure we do not catch this virus nor pass it along to anyone.
I’m not going to lie, the unknown is scary. It is the fear of what is to come and I have held so many emotions in because I just don’t even know how to process it all. Many of our favorite local businesses and eateries have closed. My blogging event next month was cancelled and many of my local events have been post postponed or canceled till next year. Stores are empty with mostly all of the basic foods and necessities. People are staying inside and the streets of our neighborhood are often empty. This has become a new normal for us and it is hard to adjust. It is hard to face this reality. My work has slowed down incredibly and I know many families that are truly struggling during this time with no work and no pay. But remember, it is okay to feel however you are feeling. No matter if it is mad, sad, angry, or pain. This is all so new but it is new for everyone. I started out very optimistic but as time as gone on I have slowly felt myself fall into the trap of sadness and overwhelming anger of not knowing what is to come. My husband continues to remind me that it will all be okay and I truly admire his optimistic reminders.
We may not be able to go on our usual family adventures and my travel plans have been canceled, but maybe this is a blessing in disguise. We are reminded that nothing in life is promised. We are reminded to never take anything for granted, even the simple things like grocery trips with the kids without the fear of catching a scary virus or being able to have fun park adventures care free. We are reminded to soak in the moments with our loved ones because tomorrow is never promised and you never know what may happen. I have had a whirlwind of emotions and anxiety the last week or so but as I lay in bed soaking in the cuddles with my kids and husband, I wonder if there is a greater purpose for all of this. Either way, we are forced to adjust to a new normal. I truly believe that even after all of this is over, life will never be the same as it once was. Covid-19 will change the world for forever.
At this this point, my heart goes out to everyone struggling during this time. No matter if it is financially, mentally, or physically, you are in my thoughts. These are hard times but we must stay strong and stand together. Support each other and remember that there is a rainbow at the end of this storm. I know many of you are struggling and having a hard time finding a new normal. I am always here if you need support or someone to talk to. I am always here for each of you and I understand times like these are new, hard, and stressful. I hope everyone is practicing safe social distancing and I hope that after we are done with all of this, we can look back and at least see the good. See the good that came from all of this craziness. The memories and moments we got with our families that we would’ve never gotten unless we were forced to quarantine in our houses. Either way, stay strong!
Stay safe everyone!