My blog is usually pretty funny and that’s just because 90% of the time those are the thoughts I have. But about 10% of the time I do have more serious thoughts and this is one of those times.
I think one of the coolest things about humans is that we are all unique. We have different personalities, different senses of humor, different likes and dislikes, and different food preferences. What comes along with being unique is also different ways to handle stressful situations.
Some people like me handle stressful situations with humor. We laugh at things and joke about things which to some may seem inappropriate or inconsiderate. Some people handle stressful situations by being prepared and buying in bulk, which to some may seem self-centered or obsessive. Some people handle stressful situations by letting out their emotions, which to some may seem helpless or unstable. Some people handle stressful situations by going out to help their neighbors, which to some may seem “show-off-y” or irresponsible.
What we have to remember right now is that everyone is trying their best in the midst of all this unknown. Everyone is trying to find a way to have a bit of control in an uncontrollable situation. It is our job to be understanding. Be respectful. Be a listening ear. Be a friend.
Yes there are good and bad ways to handle something. Yes it is frustrating when all the toilet paper is sold out. Yes is is devastating having graduation cancelled and missing your last month of senior year. Yes life is not always easy. It is okay to be upset. It is okay if you don’t want to watch the news. It is okay to be worried. It is okay to be enjoying staying home. It is okay to be annoyed. It is okay to be eating your favorite treat. It is okay to be mad. It is okay to be posting your workouts on social media. It is okay to be confused. It is okay to not know how you feel. Whatever you are feeling is completely valid. What is NOT okay is to be hateful and judge someone for not handling this situation the way you think they should. You may not agree with how others are handling this but there is another person out there who doesn’t agree with how you are handling this. Be kind.
Good always perseveres in the end. I truly believe that. This is the time we have to come together. We are in an incredible era where we can feel connected while being miles apart. Take advantage of it. You don’t need money or followers or a special skill to make a difference. Heck I don’t have any special skills. So many people find my blogs or Instagram posts annoying, but when that one person says I made them smile it makes it worth the 200 which “opted-out” of my emails. Call your friend who is home alone. Skype a co-worker who is overwhelmed. Send an encouraging letter to a retirement home. If nothing else, just staying home to stop the spread of this virus, even if you don’t feel sick, is a selfless act. Do you part in spreading the love.
In the words of Max Goodwin from New Amsterdam, “how can I help?” Let me know how I can make your time at home better. Need a call? Send me your number. Want to be entertained? Let me know what you want to see. Want a list of good shows to watch? Make a request. I am here for you. I care about you. We will get through this, together.