No matter what you had going on this time last week, thanks to COVID-19/coronavirus, this week is CANCELLED.
And next week is also cancelled.
We don’t really know how long everything is going to be cancelled. As someone who stays pretty busy, as I know you do, and has a lot of scribble in my calendar as I know you do, this is pretty surreal. THERE IS NOTHING ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW. And you may be having feelings about this.
Maybe you are good with this. “This social distancing is what we are called to do to show care and concern for others in our community,” you may be thinking. “We are all making sacrifices. I’m okay being uncomfortable if it means fewer people will get sick.”
Maybe you are grateful for this sudden windfall of unstructured time. You’re leaning in. There’s a stack of books on your nightstand that you can finally read! Netflix to catch up on! Board games with the family. Long, social-distancing-approved walks in your neighborhood. Maybe you needed a reason to stop and your body and your soul are whispering “…thank you.”
Or, your anxiety is off the f***ing charts. You watch the news coverage. Things look dire and it weighs heavy. This crisis has made your economic security uncertain. You are scared for the sick and vulnerable. Or you wonder how long it will be before someone you love is affected, whether from a health perspective or an economic one. This is hitting some people very, very hard.
Maybe you’ve got school-age kids at home. You’re feeling pressure to keep a sense of routine, home schooling, all the things. They’re bouncing off the walls. The screen time rules, the snacks, it’s all out of your control. On top of that, you’re working from home, or feeling pressure to be productive in other ways. And you’re about to seriously lose it.
And I want to tell you, how you’re feeling, how you’re operating? You are doing the best you can.
Read that again: You are doing the best you can.
Feel how you feel. There’s no roadmap for this. Don’t let anyone pressure you to feel a certain way about it. Don’t let anyone “GOOD VIBES ONLY!” all over you. Just breathe. Notice. Greet whatever comes up with compassion.
Wash your hands. Stay home. Love you.