Do you feel like you are going a bit crazy during this Covid-19 pandemic? Are you sick and tired of wearing a mask, keeping your social distance, slapping on hand sanitizer, and simply staying home?! You are not alone. I’m only fifty years old and yet, in some ways, I feel much older. Let me explain…I’m having trouble just shopping in stores! Something about putting this mask on not only makes it impossible to see (heaven forbid if you have glasses which fog up with a mask on), but also makes it impossible for my brain to function! Literally, I am feeling very scattered in stores. I can’t focus on the directional arrows telling me which way I’m supposed to be shopping down the aisles. I can’t even remember everything on my list. I don’t know what it is, but I’m feeling so discombobulated in stores these days. I see people in their 80’s and I’m wondering, “How are they doing it?!” My joy of shopping is completely gone and I wonder if it will ever return. (whine, fuss)
When this whole pandemic started and we were forced to stay home, we were all feeling a little stir crazy. On top of that, we were afraid that simply by going on a walk, we might pick up Covid-19! More and more people are getting infected and I hear people really frustrated with having to quarantine for fourteen days. They cannot go to the store, to work, or school. They feel a bit imprisoned, in fact. They fuss when they cannot visit their friends and family for two weeks.
It’s caused me to wonder if we can just take how we are feeling and think about how the chronically ill might feel for a moment. Many of them cannot leave their homes. They aren’t concerned with how they are going to pass the time. They don’t have the energy to be concerned. They are just trying to make it through another day. Many of them are not only imprisoned in their homes, they’re imprisoned in their own bodies. It does them no good to yearn to attend school or hold down a job. They couldn’t even if they tried. They have lost touch with friends, family, the entire outside world. And it’s not just for fourteen days. It could be for years, for decades.
It certainly changes our perspective to think beyond what we are experiencing. It might even make us thankful. How about we do even more and reach out to someone who is housebound and hurting today? Maybe you are in quarantine and cannot go to work. Take a moment to call someone who needs it. Send them a message on social media. Let them know that they matter and have not been forgotten. Your fourteen days will be over before you know it!
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