What a time in this world, huh? You can’t turn on the TV, radio or social media without feeling anxious and hearing about what’s going on. I am no expert on the topic, but I do know that this world doesn’t need another meme about it, or someone mocking someone because they’re afraid. If you’re afraid, you have every right to be. In my opinion (and it’s MY opinion, no one else’s), we need to be worried about this. If you’re younger, you might think “eh, if I get it, I’ll survive. It’s no big deal.” It IS a big deal. Why? Because if you have this, and you give it to someone, it could be someone who is older and not healthy enough to fight it off. We all need to be aware and take care of ourselves, not for ourselves, but for each other. Don’t be selfish and think it’s just people overreacting. I’m sorry, but I would hate myself if I were infected and instead of heading the warnings of isolating, I gave it to my parents who are older and have underlying health issues and something horrible happened to them. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself.
Anyway, I’m hopping off of my soapbox now. Right now, we need kindness. We can all take this time of quarantine/isolation, and use it for something good. We can take this time to be creative! Start that project you’ve been meaning to start/finish. Get that canvas out and start that painting. Tune up your guitar and start writing. Take an online class. Learn to cook (I should probs do that, tbh). Do at-home workouts (because, going to the gym? no bueno). Send an encouraging email to someone. Pray for your friends and family who might be sick. Take time to read an encouraging book. Start a podcast. Listen to a podcast (hit me up if you need any true crimp recs). Facetime with people. Ask your elderly neighbor if they need anything, because they are the most vulnerable with this virus and can’t really go to the store. Send someone flowers. Send food delivery to a hospital for the nurses and doctors. Send supplies/food to an animal shelter. Dig deep into the Word and have some alone time with Him. Take a break from social media and do something nourishing. While it’s good to be informed as to what’s going on by reading about it and watching the news, you also need to take a break from it. Too much of it will do more harm than good. The Pastor at my Church recommended Psalm 91 to read. I encourage you to read it as well. I’ve been reading it a couple times a day and it calms me down, which is what my soul needs right now…and I’m guessing you could use some calm right now, too.
I don’t know how long this will last and I don’t know how bad it will get. What I do know is that we are all in this together, and we need to help each other now more than ever. Our older friends, families, neighbors, need US. I promise to try to be as uplifting as I can. If you need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m not a trained counselor/therapist/healthcare provider. I do have a listening ear and just remember: we’re all in this together. Sending prayers and hugs your way. Stay safe and healthy, friends. We’ll get through this.