In The Corona Times…

In The Corona Times Kelsee B. Hankins

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Isn’t this wild? Much like all of you, I’m staying home to do my part to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Corona times. While these times are trying for all of us – emotionally, physically, FINANCIALLY (ugh…), I know there’s a light of some kind on the other side. I remain optimistic that there’s something better on the other side of all this uncertainty. 

I’m (not so) affectionately calling this period of my life (or really just our collective existence) “The Corona Times” because why not?! Days and hours are jumbling and things are wildly out of our control it seems. Indiana just issued a “stay at home” order, so if you’re like me, things aren’t looking like they’ll change anytime soon. Things are confusing, up in the air, and we’ve all got a lot of feelings about it. 

It might not feel like it right now, but we’re going to make it to the other side of this.

I don’t have a ton of wisdom to offer on this subject that you probably haven’t heard already. That said, what I can offer you is permission (take it if you need it)  and the opportunity to just be where you are during this unusual time. I can remind you to take a breath and check-in with how you’re feeling – which could be changing by the hour as new information blasts across our devices. 

This pause, this interruption of our daily routines has lots of people struggling in so many ways. It’s making us unfocused, fatigued, anxious, and sometimes a combo of all three. We feel lost, we feel disappointed, we feel defeated – we’re thrown off a trajectory we had already set for ourselves.

Be like these guys – maintain your social distance! Photo by Magda Ehlers

In short, it’s ok to take and use this time however you want and NEED to.

We’re in an unprecedented time, but we’re in it together. We’re experiencing it together. The state of the world might seem strange, but I’m thinking of this time as a gift. People are all like “go learn a new skill” or “get another job” and if that’s what you need or want to do, by all means, take this time to do it. This is also one of those times that it is ok to merely survive. If that means that the best version of you during all of this is just getting out of bed and trying to have a “normal” day, that’s ok. If the only thing you accomplished during this break is vacuuming your house, that’s ok. Stop, take a breather, recoup your feelings, face the losses, and get back up tomorrow. 

This “gift” of time is ours (whether we wanted it or not) and it’s up to us to fill it however is best for us. I encourage you to spend it doing things that are important to you. Maybe rediscover something that you forgot you loved. Take those naps you’ve been dreaming of for weeks. Take up meditation or get hypnosis. I hope that you get something that fuels you in this break. Use this time for you – for whatever you need to keep going for whatever we’ll face next. 

Be kind. Wash your hands. Help others if you’re able. Pay it forward if you can. FOR GOD’S SAKE, DON’T HOARD TOILET PAPER. Sending all of you best wishes for health, safety, sanity, and peace as we survive The Corona Times.

TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS: How are you filling your days? Discover anything new? Trying to pick up new habits? I want to know!

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