Trying to see the future when things are still chaotic and unpredictable is difficult. We are hanging in there and have learned so much since my last quarantine by Corona post. My husband is back to work and my teens are trying their best to make this a fun Summer. We have been able to see some friends and family at a safe distance or outdoors. That has been great. I hope to connect with more people as time moves on. School is still up in the air at this point and like so many other parents we are torn about what to do with our teens. For now, we are staying safe, staying positive, yet realistic about what our fate might be. I am continuing my role as cruise director for this family ship and hope to avoid any icebergs.
Corona has taught me:
10. It is never too late to rediscover the activities that bring you joy. ( I think I had lost my love for many things over the years. Maybe, because I felt as if I didn’t have time or I was too busy being a “mom” that I didn’t take care of my needs. I’ve had time now and I know what it is worth.)
9. People are visiting places close to home that they have never been before! ( I love this! I’d been blown away when people mention they have never been to this park or taken that walk or ….. when they live so close it. I’m sure that not having to haul your kids to a million activities and sporting events have a lot to do with it. I hope when this all passes that folks keep taking the hikes, the bike rides, and much needed time outdoors as a family.)
8. I’m really finding out what I’m made of. ( The good and bad! I’m also finding out things about many people. Good and bad as well. We need to stick together folks! )
7. I don’t need as much as I thought and neither do you. ( If after being in lockdown for what seems like forever and you didn’t use it you aren’t going to use it. Suitcases and travel items aside because we all know we want to hit the road as soon as this Corona show is under control. I have way too much stuff that I’m still working on getting rid of it.)
6. Memories can make you feel good because they never change. ( They are a constant in a world that is so unpredictable. Never have I ever felt as connected to my past as I have during this crisis. The photos and souvenirs truly have touched my heart with happiness. I feel as if I have lived a good life.)
5. The one year I really needed my garden it is a bust! ( Having a garden has been a hot COVID item. I’ve had one every year and every year I am thrilled with our bounty. My luck has run out. First, I had woodchuckbeavergopherthing eat everything. I replanted and tried to salvage what I could as we reinforced our fence. Next, I had a freak hail storm drop golf ball sized hail on my plants! I replanted. Then, came the baby bunnies and today well another epic storm. So, I get what I get and I promise to not be upset. The lesson here: nothing is certain and some things are beyond your control.)
4. The scary people have gotten even scarier. (Because now they are even more frightened than before! You might not know what I’m talking about, but I do.)
3. Be a kid sometimes. ( I laughed so hard with son playing in the pool. Who says a light saber battle is just for the youngins!)
2. You don’t always get back what you give. (Give anyway. Give because you want to not because you feel obligated. Give with your heart. If you give this way you will never feel slighted again. )
1.If you travel to a virus hot spot and don’t self quarantine when you come back you are selfish. ( We all have lost something. This is hard on everyone. Sure, I’m being judgy. Honestly, I don’t think anyone should be traveling, but if you do be smart about it. If anything, this virus points out the fact how one life can effect so many lives. The ripple effect. If you are hiding that you are on vacation by NOT posting photos etc, then you know you are doing something wrong. This comes from an entire conversation overheard about how to avoid quarantine. Selfish.)
Dana Rodriguez says
This is a great list. This pandemic has been hard on all of us.