I am usually on the go but now I am staying home much more than I have before. At first I found this difficult and had the occasion day of sadness. Now I am more accustomed to being home and I am finding ways – old and new – to stay busy. I keep up my exercise routine and I believe that contributes much to my mental and physical well being.
A very difficult thing was having to cancel our family vacation. We had planned a cruise along with our children and grandchildren. I do get to see some of these family members while practicing social distancing, as they live close, but others live in another state. I’m not sure when I will be able to hug them again. I do consider myself lucky to have this happen in the time of the internet, so I see and talk to them often on line.
I am keeping in touch with other family and friends much more than in the past and hope to continue to do so long into the future.
I find I am often disappointed to find that many people are not appreciating the significance of this time. While some are certainly going above and beyond to help others – either as a worker or voluntarily – too many are not living up to the potential this time offers to live a kinder life.
I am quite disturbed at our lack of leadership, including lessening restrictions to combat this virus. I hope that soon we will all see the need to step up and do what we can to turn this around even without mandatory rules. I think that may be the kindest thing we can do for each other and ourselves.
The significant events in my life have been birthdays, an anniversary and a niece born recently. The birthdays and anniversary were different from the usual but we’re still celebrated in a fun way. We did have to cancel the planned baby shower – always a significant family gathering. We did do a virtual shower to assist the new parents.
When I go for a walk in the mornings, I occasionally see a distribution of food to those in need. The volunteers who keep this going are to be highly commended.
I believe we will travel more when it is safe to do so. I want to hug those family members in another state ASAP.
I believe life will not be so different for me personally as long as I and my family stay healthy. However, I do think for our country in general, the pandemic is causing a toll financially and health wise for many and the recovery will be long.
Submitted by Susan H., Riverside County – Corona.