C.S. Sherin, 2 April 2020, updated 12 August 2020
I work from home and am pretty introverted in general. Still, this dynamic of Safer At Home during the pandemic, practicing isolation is really challenging–even for me. Because I am extremely tuned in and sensitive to collective energies in general, and because so many people I love and care about have been dealing with so many different kinds of loss and challenges at once–this has been really challenging and exhausting at times.
The first two weeks, I have never felt so tired. Then, I rallied, and felt renewed. This week, the reality sets in deeper, and there is a lot of stress and grief in the air. Now, with the weather getting nicer, the idea of being restricted, even outdoors, and knowing that the pandemic will get worse before it gets better, well…that is hard to process.
Some days are better than others. It simply is a “take it day by day” sort of experience. Mostly, it is the emotional processing being done on the personal and collective level that is the most challenging for me at this time, as well as the horrible idiotic decisions by “leaders” that harm the most vulnerable of us.
I rest in the news and movements by people that are heartening , compassionate, and that reach out to those in need, those forgotten, those overworked. I rest in the moments when I can write, create, talk with loved ones and friends.
Last night, on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: At Home Edition, they showed video footage of a whole neighborhood in NY, from their windows, cheering on, clapping, and encouraging a nurse going to work. That is one gorgeous little moment–of so many that we are creating together in such strange times.
There are many things that can help us to get through this time. I have put together a little bundle of ideas here, for this day, for this weekend, that may be helpful to you too:
Some Relief-And-Solace-Through-Humor, Impressive Musical Parodies:
- The Bohemian Rhapsody parody sung by a Madison, WI musician, Adrian Grimes: Coronavirus Rhapsody
- Chris Mann’s parodies: My Corona, Hello From The Inside, and Stay Home Vogue
My April Fool’s Day post over on the Recipe For A Green Life blog wasn’t a prank or joke, but it did cover topics of both poop and humor, funny enough. I felt that there was no room for pranks on that day, but still was looking to stimulate my mind and release some stress. The excrement mentioned has to do with an amazing article written about human waste, pollution, recycling, history and where we are today with all of it. And then, I provided some relief-and-solace-through-humor sources: go here to see all the suggestions and a link to that great article.
Well, if you have stayed with me this far, I have saved the best for last. This one is filled with heart, wisdom, and an important message for all of us at this time. It is a new post written by someone I am lucky and proud to call friend, the amazing woman behind Rollerbag Goddess Global Communications, and the post is called, Heeding The Call To Simplify — I highly recommend reading and sharing it, far and wide.
all my best, with bright wishes for better days for all,