I want to talk about something very important that I feel needs to be shared with as many people as possible.
My future mother-in-law shared an important Facebook message that has impacted my day.
Do Not Forget
Today is Sunday April 26,2020.
We are at 40 days of social isolation.
The dollar is worth $ 5.32, the euro $ 5.77 and the pound $ 6.54.
Gas is $1.49 for regular & $1.79 for premium ($1.39 here)
Schools have been closed since mid March and are teaching remotely on-line. This will continue for the rest of the school year.
There are lines / tapes inside the stores to keep people 6 feet apart.
Bars and restaurants only for home delivery & pick-up.
Parks, beaches and walk-in places are not accessible to the public.
All sports competitions have been cancelled.
All festivals and entertainment events have been banned.
Weddings, family celebrations and birthdays have been cancelled. Funerals limited to 10-20 people.
People are doing drive-by parades to celebrate birthdays!
Young kids can’t understand why they can only see grandparents & other extended family and friends on a screen or thru a window if someone visits in person.
Hugs and kisses are not given.
The churches are closed or online.
We have to stay away from each other more than a meter.
Shortage of masks and gloves in hospitals.
There are fewer ventilators than there should be.
People are wearing masks, some places even REQUIRE that you wear them to enter! People are even making their own masks for sale or donation to medical facilities!
Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes and anything Lysol or Clorox is in short supply and limited per person…. IF you can even find them!
Stores are closing early to disinfect everything. (24 hour stores are even closing by 9pm)
Store check outs, pharmacies and even fast food drive thru windows have added plexiglass between employee and customer. Have to reach around or under to pay!
You can’t find isopropyl alcohol easily. .. supply per person is limited.
Australia, USA and Europe have closed their borders.
Western Australia has been divided into 9 territories & an instant $1,500 fine issued for crossing the border without a valid reason. (Transport workers, Essential services etc)
No one is travelling for leisure. Airports empty. Tourism has the worst crisis in history.
Why do I post this?
Next year & then every year after, this status will appear in my Facebook memories feed. And it will be an annual reminder that life is precious & that nothing should be taken for granted.
We are where we are with what we have. Let’s be grateful.
This text is anonymous, it’s not mine, but I copied because I want to remember it too.
You can do the same
Be Kind. Listen. Empathize!
EVERYONE is having a hard time right now with this pandemic.
Even the privileged.
People are dying. Death does not care about age, gender, race, religion or anything else that makes someone unique.
Be kind to those around you. The man who just brushed past you roughly and didn’t even apologize – maybe was even rude?
He may have just left work because his father who is in the hospital with COVID-19 suddenly stopped breathing and is now dying. Alone, in the middle of the business day which not everyone can take part in to provide for themselves and their loved ones right now.
Listen before you speak. To yourself and to others. There may be something important you’re missing because you’re too caught up in yourself to realize it.
Don’t do or say anything that you will regret. Do not give this pandemic the power to ruin your life by letting it affect your mental and emotional well being.
Make good choices, think about the good things and let the bad pass on.
I want to share something that I wrote for my team of colleagues and at work.
Having ideas lingering in the back of your mind is aggravating. Especially when you can’t put it down in writing or art!
I’m writing this blog post, but already I want to delete it.
I’m very tempted to dedicate this upcoming weekend to creativity.
But on the other hand, my mind seems to appreciate my playing games again.
Gaming for me is another way for my mind to escape. To not focus on anxiety.
I do know that I should avoid watching too many movies or shows.
I can sit around and do that all day! It’s a comfort activity to be honest.
I am getting a desk today and a chair!
Oddly enough I’m most excited about getting back into sewing.
I have some unfinished quilts that need to be made!
Like a Doctor Who one…mahaha.
Ahem. Back to that writers block…After it took me an hour to find that picture in the void of Facebook and then having to calm my ferret child down because she didn’t like falling onto a bristle brush so much…
And as I’m writing this. She’s gotten into a cabinet in the kitchen…Again…
So obviously I’m kept busy, that’s probably part of the writers block.
I’m considering in getting another wall whiteboard that’s a calendar. Try working on projects by schedule.
I humored the possibility of a lottery system, in my case it would be a determination by dice roll.
But I have a feeling I can’t keep track of too many projects at once.
If I did that type of schedule, I would have to limit what projects to bounce between. Or I’ll feel overwhelmed.
The last idea in mind is committing to one project per month or week, every two weeks.
A similar attitude has worked with my art.
Sometimes I’ll draw in ink because for some reason, even though I become more anxious about making mistakes. I find myself completing the drawing.
I even end up liking the drawing!
So who knows?
I guess this blog is helping, this post is pretty long!
I think I’ll leave things here for now on my thoughts and frustrations with writers block.
I have a new desk coming so hopefully a new setup will give me a boost in motivation so things can finally get started.