I don’t think I need to paint a picture of how trying these times are that we are in. The days are literally blurred together right now, there seem to be more questions than answers, and I’m still not sure if I’m supposed to be concerned about toilet paper 🤔.
I don’t even remember what happened in between hearing the first signs of the virus in the news, and hearing that people were out buying all the hurricane supplies, and then finding out my 5 kids would be home for at least 2 weeks. It’s been a whirlwind, and, well this doesn’t feel like Oz.
We as a nation of people have been asked to do something that feels so foreign to most, social distancing; and there are many opinions and feelings circulating out there. Now, as an introvert who struggles with social anxiety and depression, I’ve been training for isolation my whole life! But all joking aside, there are many for whom the thought of social distancing will feel very difficult indeed. Some people are unable to stay home due to various circumstances, and let’s not forget the homeless or the at risk children. We can’t all do the social distancing, but some of us can and I’m willing to do my part to help, even if later it seems like it didn’t matter. That’s my feeling, and I don’t hold mind if someone else feels differently. We all handle things differently, we all see things through our individual lenses of experience.
If you are like me and my family, and you’ve decided that you are going to practice social distancing, or even if you’re unable to, it’s not a bad idea to practice some social-media distancing once in a while. Admittedly, I have spent countless amounts of time refreshing facebook to see what everyone is saying, scouring articles for new information, wondering if I have enough whatever stockpiled for my large family because everyone is reporting shortages of toilet paper and I’m not sure if I’m reacting appropriately anymore. So much stress! Everyone, including myself, has an opinion and it’s like a back and forth argument that never ends, it makes the head spin! All of the division has us looking at each other like we are all either cursed with the plague, or like we are all lunatics.
We don’t need this! We are more than this. It’s time to take a break. It’s highly unlikely that we are going to change each other’s minds by being rude to each other on social media. And we aren’t going to gain anything by continuing to plunge headfirst into contradictions about a subject of which most of us barely have a grasp anyway. In a dark time we have to stop adding darkness, and try to find the love and the light.
Today I made the effort to stop scrolling. We enjoyed the kids playing in the backyard, caught up on some things around the house, later we watched a silly movie with the kids, and then when they went to bed we played monopoly together. We have enjoyed some gorgeous sunsets. There is so much to take in if we really take this time to step back from the land of stress and opinions, and take that break. Even if you are unable to participate in social distancing, try a little social-media distancing. You’ll be surprised at just how much easier you may be breathing.