Written 3/18/20 — on day 6 of quarantine
The madness, we feel it, but we are in the dark, unsure of the depth of terror that will ensue.
Are we safe?
Are we living in the now?
Are we borrowing precious time?
In the darkness, we find the light, the love that we should have had all along.
The care, the compassion, the consideration — in the way we talk to one another and in the way that we regard.
The ‘i love yous’ linger longer than before, but some refuse to face reality, thinking they are immune to the depth of despair. They are different because these fears are deemed too excessive, but if life and death situations don’t scare you, what does?
There’s so much unknown,
so much uncertainty
and the emotions are running away from me.
Everyone is heightened, but some just don’t see—
there’s more than the superficial agenda to fulfill;
there’s more important things than a do-to list that’s meaningless if you’re spreading a virus to the ones you love.
It’s crazy times we live in, and quite frankly, it feels surreal.
I can’t help but ache for the children who can’t go to school, the families that can’t take the financial hit, the dwindling small businesses, the ones fighting for their lives, and the healthcare professionals giving their all. My heart goes out to the ones impacted and the ones who are scared and alone.
In a time of despair, I want to remind you that you are loved and valued, cared for and known. In a time of despair, we can choose kindness.