This is one of those posts that you know you have to share, but it is just too much to grasp. Life as you once knew it has totally changed, and everything you thought you knew has gone away.
It is so sad to say that I probably have to put my passport for an extended amount of time. In the state of the world right now with the rise of the coronavirus pandemic, a much anticipated trip may be put on the back burner.
My husband and I are all booked and ready to head to Jamaica in May. At this point, it probably is not going to happen. It is sad. It is frustrating. But, most of all, it is scary. So much has changed over the past week.
I was so excited about my cruise opportunity. It was so different, and I got to meet some wonderful ladies while on the trip. I learned a lot about myself, got some great tips I can use going forward, and loved the time to relax and recharge.
But now…it is surreal that I panic every time I cough or sneeze. Or someone gets too close to me at the bookstore who is coughing or sneezing. Or giving into feelings of panic and heading to the store for things I should have been doing long before this happened.
It takes the joy out of things.
It increases fear.
It brings on paranoia.
And I hate it.
I hate that people have become infected. I hate that people have died. I hate that there are many families out there that are in grief and mourning. And I hate that it has gotten to this point because our leadership has failed us. And because of that, things have gotten worse, and will continue to spiral downhill. And there incompetence worries me because my family & those I love are put in danger.
So what is left to do? The most important thing is to listen to the recommendations of respected doctors to practice strict social distancing. It is difficult for me because I work in a retail setting that has not yet adopted the full social distancing directive. They have taken positive steps of cutting down hours and removing potential sources of disease transmission. I am grateful. But will it be enough?
I am grateful that the colleges that my sons attend have switched to online learning. Yes, it sucks that we have paid thousands of dollars for them to be at school. But in the end, I can rest a bit easier knowing that they are home with us so we can keep practicing as much social distancing as we can.
I admit, having the local schools closed scares me. Parents and kids may not heed recommendations of social distancing and these kids will be hanging out at the local mall. This could be a huge potential for spread of the disease because many people may not know that they have the virus because they are not displaying any symptoms!
So what can you do? Listen to the recommendations from the true experts:
- Wash your hands and don’t touch your face
- Routinely sanitize common areas in your home
- Stay home unless absolutely necessary!!
- Stock up, but don’t hoard
- Purchase online when you can
- No unnecessary travel
- Avoid large gathering spaces whenever possible
We are living in an unprecedented part of our history. We may have only have heard of these things from past. But now we are living it, and we must work together to end this as soon as we can with the least amount of life lost.