Good morning! I am sorry I did not post my Friday favorites last week, it is my favorite post to write and for many to read. I am trying to adjust to the”new normal.”
I am an introvert and spend most of my time at home, I work here, I like to socialize at home BUT I also like the idea of coming and going as I want to. I like to go to yoga, the gym, to visit my favorite antique stores, to see my friends, the library, church, out for drinks, etc. To be honest, the idea of “hunkering down” and only leaving the house for food and exercise until June is a little scary.
I do not live in a state that is on “lock down” but my husband and I decided that we are going to shelter in place for as long as it takes. I do not want to get infected or infect anyone else unknowingly.
Just like everyone else in the world we have changed plans, canceled trips, both for work and personal, and have lost money. We are living a new life as are you.
This weekend my husbands good friend passed away from Coronavirus, just one of many brothers, sisters, dads, moms, sons, and daughters around the world.
My friends in Italy have been in lock down for 14 days, in Spain for 7 and in France for 1 day, each morning when we text one another and talk on Whatsap they share the news that we might not see here in the US and they share their concerns that people in the United States do not seem to be taking this serious.
I have the same concerns. I am in disbelief that we are in the midst of a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. GLOBAL! WORLDWIDE! And yet people are frolicking a the beach, hanging out in the parks, and hosting get togethers. What in the heck? Even if they didn’t watch the news on tv, information about coronovirus is on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and every other social media channel. STOP BEING SELFISH.
This is a social disease, and it is spread by close contact, 40% of the people in hospitals are between the ages of 20-54, so it is not just an old peoples disease.
Please, stay home, tell your kids, parents, friends and family to stay home.
Lets look for the silver lining in this crisis. For me it is:
Having my husband home more.
Time. Time to do nothing or something and not be on the hamster wheel of life.
Getting things done around the house that I have put off for awhile. I am going room by room, closet by closet and doing a Marie Kondo.
I am taking 3 classes online and have participated in several online groups with more to come over the coming weeks.
Gratitude for life, family, friends, my work, and so much more.
Thankful and grateful for all of the first responders, doctors, nurses, firemen, paramedics, and all those fighting to keep people healthy and safe.
As we adjust to the new normal of our lives, love one another, be kind, stay in contact with family, friends and neighbors and do it all from home.
Wash your hands, cover your mouth and when out for exercise or food stand 6 feet away from one another. Also, if you go out, there are recommendations to leave your clothing outside the house for 24 hours, the same with mail, and packages.
If you need more information visit www.coronavirus.gov.
Have a good day friends. Share your new normal, how are you coping, what are you doing and what are you grateful for.