I’ve been trying to think about what to write about COVID-19. I have felt very overwhelmed and also very uninspired.
I know that this is a nationwide problem, and any complaining I do is just silly. I have my health, I have my job, I have a house and food/supplies. My husband has a job and is healthy. My children are healthy.
I’m not concerned about contracting it, but I am overwhelmed by all of the news and how stupid people are. I don’t understand why people aren’t listening to medical experts and staying home. I don’t understand why governors aren’t mandating that things shut down and people stay home. I don’t understand why no one has turned off the president’s microphone and encouraged him to stop talking.
I haven’t been watching the news, which is very unlike me. I just can’t sit in the information because it will make me paranoid and crazy.
I’ve been in the house with my husband and children since immediately after school on March 13, with little to no in-person contact with the outside world. I always complain about how I’m so busy and never have time to just sit and do nothing. Now I have what seems like endless amounts of time to sit and do nothing. I’m enjoying it, but I’m also bored and crave normal human interaction.
I’ve caught up on lots of television and have watched several things online. I’ve crocheted and tried to continue doing the creative things that make me happy. I’ve continued to eat well and exercise and haven’t strayed from meeting my health goals. I’ve done work from home, because I still have a yearbook to finish. I’ve spoken to friends on the phone and on FaceTime. I’ve held Zoom calls with my yearbook staff, so they can still see and talk to each other as a group.
Everyone keeps saying how unprecedented this whole situation is. And, yes, it is, for our lifetime. Generations before us lived in quarantine and had to practice social distancing and self-isolation. With all of the technology we have available, it should be easier for us than ever to be alone and yet still connected.
I hope that people stop listening to the president and begin listening to medical experts. We need to stay home. We need to be bored. We need to flatten the curve. We need to get through this.