This isn’t normal… Part 2

I have been working from home for two whole months. As I mentioned in Part 1, there are a lot of things I don’t mind about working from home and staying in a lot more because of the COVID-19 restrictions, although there are things I miss. I am not alone, and I know this from reading articles about the positive habits people are cultivating during this odd time. From drinking more water, getting more sleep and more exercise, baking, and spending more time with family, some people are taking advantage of new opportunities for self-care. When life gives you lemons…
 

I am no different. I get to see my husband and my cats at different times during the day on my work breaks when I am not half awake or exhausted, which makes me smile. I’ve managed to lose a few pounds from eating what is available at home rather supplementing with whatever snacks I stop off for to get me through a stressful day. Most of days are less stressful simply without the commute. There is less of a feeling that we need to go somewhere or do something, only to get there and be disappoint or wishing we had stayed home.

The things that stress me now are what the future will look like. It’s hard to fathom going to a crowded restaurant, getting on a full plane, or grabbing food at a public place that has been touched and breathed on by other people. I realize this is controversial territory, especially in the midst of the everyone must wear a mask/masks are an infringement on my freedom argument that is raging throughout the United States right now. 

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I know that this whole situation is experienced differently by each and every person. Some people have lost everything, be it a dream, a home, a business, the safety of being at school or work away from someone who causes them stress or home, opportunities, time with family and friends, and a myriad of things I’m not thinking of. I read more news than the average person, and it is absolutely heartbreaking to read people’s stories of loss, trauma, and devastation. Some people have created opportunities in the midst of chaos, while others have just adapted and are living one day at a time. The scary thing is that no one knows where this goes or how it ends. Will the COVID-19 virus go away, or be around in some form for the foreseeable future? Will we all be vaccinated by force or shunned by society if we don’t get vaccinated? Will the economy continue to collapse or will it recover? Will there be a 2020 Presidential election? Will life ever be so-called “normal” ever again? Your guess is as good as mine.

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For now, I am happy to see my family from time to time via ZOOM, in short, manageable doses. I enjoy leisurely walks around my neighborhood. I cherish the painstaking work my husband does on our yard while I help collect rocks, gather supplies, and move bags of mulch and soil so we can have a garden. As anxiety-ridden as I get sometimes, I try to focus on now instead of worrying about if I will ever be able to travel again, or if the world will break out in war over tariffs or the origins of the Coronavirus. Will we ever get to see live music again? Will we ever get to watch professional baseball again?

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Photo by Chrellie at Guaranteed Rate Field (formerly U.S. Cellular Field) in Chicago, IL

I can’t spent too much time worrying about these things because the information available causes more confusion than clarity, no matter the sources you read. I try to remain hopeful, and I try to be mindful of the world around me. I’m not without challenges or struggles, but I am much luckier than some. I hope the best for us all.

Things can change quickly… Learn to accept and change what you can’t…

It’s only Tuesday and I’ve already had a busy week. My life will change pretty soon, mainly due to a new opportunity that I have almost finalized. A good friend told me that you never stop looking for job opportunities and other ways to improve your situation, he was right.

Working in social services keeps you on the look-out because things can change quickly, especially when grants, partnerships and government agencies are involved, both for the good and the bad. Some things go through a multi-step process, which takes time. Even working in a social service job, you learn to be prepared for the unexpected on a daily basis. You have good days and challenging days, hard days and easy days, and then there are the days you want to run off screaming. I have had many of those in my life, and definitely in the recent past. Some of these moments were brought on by me, some by my work environment. The Serenity Prayer comes to mind –

Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.

Changes can be hard but necessary, and a change of scenery can re-ignite your interest and motivation. In my case, I am optimistic that this opportunity will be an improvement for me, my skills, and my future. Wish me luck, and I’ll keep you posted.

I’m still learning…

I was writing something a few nights ago about the violence in my hometown, Chicago, when I had a glitch. I had written what I wanted to say, saved the draft, decided to add a picture, and scrolled down to find half of my piece gone along with several links to articles supporting my point. God gave me the sense to put the computer down before I got really angry. I don’t know what happened. I am nearing a year of being on Word Press but I am learning, and there is a lot I don’t know.
So, I haven’t forgotten about my blog, I took a few days off to handle other things and to forgive my computer for the glitch. I will finish the post in the next few days and have up soon. Meanwhile, I have the possibility of an exciting opportunity… Stay tuned.