In light of all the recent events happening around the world, I just want to share my thoughts as a way to get all those feelings out there. COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, has been affecting the world since late last year and doesn’t show any signs of stopping. I live in Seattle and have been following all the news coverage very closely. It has been so hard to read about everyone who has been diagnosed, been exposed to the virus and the people in the front lines risking their lives to help others.
There are people who are losing their jobs or being forced to work when there are people who have be diagnosed (or show symptoms). It is, for lack of a better word, fucked up. There are parents unsure of how they’re supposed to find childcare or feed their children. There are medical professionals working overtime to serve those who are affected, while also risking getting sick themselves.
And as the news pours out, it feels bleaker and bleaker by the hour.
Despite all of this, life keeps moving on. As I sit at home, I realize how lucky I am to be able to work from home while others lose their jobs. It’s hard because I’m sort of living my life the way I normally do, but nothing about life in normal right now. And the best I could do is my part to flatten the curve. My introvert self is used to self-isolating, but I’m also only leaving the house to take my dog out or to run to the grocery store. If I could stop myself from potentially either getting the virus or passing it on, I will. I hope you do the same as well…this really requires the most people possible doing their part.
It’s also important to keep up with the news, especially your local news. I wouldn’t get my news from social media, despite how often you’re on it, or at least make sure you check their sources. Pay attention to what the experts and researchers are saying.
I’m worried not just for what’s happening right now, but what’s still to come. Quarantine looks more and more like a possibility and that scares me. I can’t stop refreshing the news sites, even when it makes me want to pull my hair out.
So, this rambly post is me just wanting to chat…and if you want to chat about how you feel, I’m here. Sometimes you need to get all the words out and not internalize all of it.
Also, I will be posting a little later this week on some of my tips for working from home, as well as ways to stop feeling a bit stir crazy when you’re self-isolating. I realize that many people have mixed feelings about posts that promote consumerism as it seems insensitive to those who have lost their jobs or had a loss of pay. I want to do my best to remain respectful of this and know that even if I’m writing about a product, I’m not saying “You need to go buy this right now!” That’s never my intention and I hope I could provide some sense of normalcy during this very tough time.
Let’s get through this together.
’til next time, xo