|Grateful for the sun while I work remotely; |
though it's mighty chilly in this room lol
Friends and colleagues have shared how overwhelming this "new normal" is, and one person this week said something so profound; it hit me right in the gut. It was something like:
"We're going about business as if everything is normal except for the fact that we're working remotely. But everything is NOT normal. This new normal is NOT normal. People are really sick. People are dying."
|"Kindness counts;" "Spread love;"|
This is a serious pandemic, and I'm shocked at how many people are still carrying on as if this isn't a big deal. I'll admit, way back in January (god, that feels so long ago), I was one of them. I thought COVID-19 was all media hype. These days, it's hard to believe what's real and what's fake news. But, by this point, we should all recognize that this is serious.
I am overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the amount of time I'm spending on my computer, not just to perform the everyday functions of my job, but also for Zoom meetings, messaging with friends, virtual visits with my son who is isolated (safely) in another state. Then there's texting and phone calls and personal emails and social media, and I feel like my eyes are glued to a screen every waking moment of every day.
I've become that friend who flakes on people because I'm in the middle of something when someone contacts me, or I'm mentally drained and just can't handle anything other than the task-at-hand, and then I forget to message back—for days, weeks (what is time right now, seriously?). Anyone who knows me knows this is not my norm.
But we are not living in normal times, right now. So, I am being extra kind to myself. I am not beating myself up for needing to sleep in, even though that may mean not writing in the morning. I'm forgiving myself for not texting someone back in a timely manner. And yes, I am eating more chocolate. It's the comfort I need right now.
|Thursday night "Cocktail Hour" with running friends|
I have seen sidewalk chalk messages and "bear hunts" in the neighborhood that let me know we are all in this together.
I have had meaningful "visits" with my friends on Zoom.
I have had silly moments with my son on FaceTime.
I am reading Stephen Chbosky's newest book Imaginary Friend (though, it's beginning to feel like a premonition to COVID-19).
I am enjoying quiet moments on the couch with Mike drinking coffee before the world wakes up in the morning.
And I'm enjoying family dinners together every night, sharing highlights of our day, to remember that we can still communicate in real life.
|Our first picture together as an official couple!|
|Our last picture together: working remotely!|
(yes, I might be wearing pajamas)
Are you feeling overwhelmed? How are you managing during this stressful time?
What will you do this weekend to recharge? Please post a comment below.
And please, stay safe, be well, and practice social distancing. Let's help end this pandemic!