Checking In

Hey, kids.

How are y’all doing?

No, really. How are y’all doing?

The world is crazy right now and it can be super easy for us to go crazy right along with it. It’s one thing for us to wish each other well, to stay healthy and safe during a pandemic like this. But all that staying in and social distancing is bound to take its toll on everyone’s psyche.

So, how are y’all doing?

I’ll be honest. I’m doing all right. I figured, by this point, that even as an introvert I’d be itching for things to get back to normal. But I’m not.

Don’t get me wrong, there are certain aspects of what we now look back on as “normal” that I miss. Like being able to go buy a gallon of milk without wearing a mask. Or being able to go by a six-pack of toilet paper, period.

Before all of this went down, I was an incredible ball of anxiety. And that’s really saying something for someone who doesn’t typically feel anxious about things. I was overwhelmed with work. I was feeling depressed and under the impression that I didn’t have any real friends around. I just didn’t know where I fit in.

But here’s the thing… During a time like this, those real friends show up.

No, I’m not saying they’re knocking on my door and trying to hang out. Who wants to have a movie night wearing a bandana over our faces? No, those real friends have shown up through Facetime calls. They’ve shown up in Facebook messages. They’ve reached out to me, knowing that I’m not typically one to initiate the reaching. And when I have reached out, they’ve been there to reach right back.

I’ve always said I enjoy my alone time. That is still 100% true. I have no doubt that these days are crawling by for a lot of people. For me, they’re kind of flying.

I’m incredibly blessed to be able to continue working. And I’m working from home, which is kind of the dream if you ask me. Again, I know this working from home lifestyle isn’t for everyone. It can be hard to get motivated if you’re distracted by pets or kids. I don’t have any of those things… so this part’s kind of a breeze.

Having said all that, I’m not blind to the struggles that a lot of people are dealing with throughout this whole COVID-19 pandemic.

People are losing loved ones and they’re unable to say good-bye. People are losing jobs that were secure two months ago. People are losing hope because they might not be sure where to turn as things continue to get more difficult. The powers that be are no help because you’ve got people with different agendas claiming they each have a monopoly on the facts… but who do you trust?

There’s a lot of bad on the surface. It can be hard to see past that because it can be so easy to focus on the negatives.

I beg you, look for the good. Do yourself a favor and, each day, think of at least one good thing that you saw or did or experienced. If you can think of more, think of more. Latch on to that one good thing. Be thankful for it. Be blessed because of it.

My good thing today? I got to watch a friend of mine get married via livestream on Facebook. He and his bride didn’t let the rona postpone their wedding plans. Instead, they adjusted their venue, opting to get married at a local drive-in theater, allowing guests to show up in their cars to witness their happy day. I chose not to go in person, figuring it would be selfish of me, alone in my car, to take up a parking space that could be filled by a family who wanted to be there. I still got to experience it thanks to the magic of the internet. And it was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while.

What’s your good thing today?

Feature Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash


7 thoughts on “Checking In

  1. My good thing is that restrictions around here are lifting a bit! Like gardening centres are allowed to open and hardware stores and retail stores with street access can now do curb side pickup! No one is allowed in but little baby steps! Since they are loosening up a tiny bit, I made a decision and had a curb side chat yesterday which literally made my whole week.

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      • Hms I never really thought about that! I think the difference is that restaurants provide a vital service. Without food we are all gonna die. And while I might say I’m gonna die without that new sun dress that is being shipped to my house right now, in reality, I wouldn’t lol so the less number of people in “curb side” pickup locations, the less interaction with others and the less chance of spread.

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  2. My good thing is I found out today my daughter and her family are planning a back yard visit at my house tomorrow. Restrictions have lifted here to allow gatherings of 10 people. I’m very excited, I haven’t seen my local family since the middle of January. I’m grateful for internet too, to communicate with the rest of my family on this Mother’s Day weekend!
    It’s awesome when we discover we are not as alone as we thought. Your news about friends is very good news.

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  3. A drive-in wedding sounds like such a really neat and thoughtful idea and means to get married in a pandemic. Not to mention, it’s going to be a great story for them to tell for years to come.

    Thank you for sharing that, that really warms my heart of stone.

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