It’s been three weeks since Covid-19 caused my workplace to go remote and for my family to stay in place. From the beginning, we’ve complied and have refrained from all unnecessary activity as we’ve watched the pandemic unfold across the world.
I’ve been mostly silent at Pursuit because, well, I had absolutely no idea what to write about. It seemed quite silly to keep churning out lifestyle articles when let’s be honest, no one gave a hoot. We were all scared. And unsure.
Now I feel like we’re in an adjustment period. For now, most of us have come to terms with our new normal and are finding ways to make the best of it and keep the mental terror at bay as long as we can.
We’re working our way through Netflix one Tiger King documentary at a time. We’re using humor to distract us and digging deep into our humanity to help others in any way that we can as often as we can.
Some days are better than others.
My family has been affected in some ways. My adult sons, who work primarily in the hospitality industry, have both lost their jobs. One son is finishing his hardest semester of college remotely. I don’t envy him trying to teach himself calculus online. The other son is at home with us waiting it out until it is safe for him to try to find work in another field.
As of now, my husband and I are still employed and grateful for it. We work longer hours in an effort to stay essential and keep our respective organizations going. We worry about our family, friends and the millions of people around the world who are also affected.
And we pray.
I personally have highs and lows. We all do. I’m an extrovert and a ‘feeler’ and some days exhaust me to the bone but I’m muddling through as best as I can. Right now I cope by taking long walks with my husband, practicing daily gratitude and savoring spontaneous hugs from my sons. I’ve recently started running and writing again and have found both to be incredibly therapeutic. I’m finding happiness in yoga pants and oversized t-shirts. I’ve given blood to the Red Cross.
I’m taking it one day at a time. As we all are.