As I write this, I’m sitting on our deck, sheltered from the hot sun by an awning. A cool breeze brings the smells of freshly mowed grass and springtime. It has rained for weeks, so this time of sunshine and clear skies brings a welcome break to the never-ending mud, puddles, and general sogginess.
Out here in the cool stillness feels worlds away from the mayhem currently affecting the planet. These are scary times, and I often find myself stressing over staying safe and healthy. I haven’t left the house in what feels like forever. I worry about my friends and family who still have to go out and can’t stay sheltered in their homes. I wonder how this will affect my grandparents whose health is not the best; I hope they can stay safe.
But out here in the sunshine and wind, it feels like any other springtime. The trees are blooming, the grass is growing, the birds are chirping their usual songs. Nature doesn’t know the fear and anxiety going through the world right now. I wish I didn’t either.
As much as I want to, I can’t be ignorant about the global situation. I need to take precautions and do my best to keep myself and others safe. That doesn’t mean I have to let panic and anxiety run my life.
When I spend my days inside and watching all the mayhem through a computer screen, it’s easy to get bogged down in depression and fear. It was when I stepped outside and saw the sunshine and felt the comforting signs of spring that I realized, life still goes on. Even if I can’t go out with friends or really leave the house other than for necessities, I still have so many things to appreciate.
I can spend my days with two dogs who are complete opposites of one another, and who can be the weirdest goofs. I have the Internet and technology to keep me connected with friends I cannot physically visit. I have delicious food, clothes to wear, and a home to shelter into when needed. I have the ability to get out in the sunshine with my dog and walk in the country, without endangering anyone. I have books to read, shows to watch, and things to organize when I get bored. I also have a blog that needs more attention than I’ve given it lately.
Most of all, I have a world that reminds me that life goes on. Sure, it may take some adjustments and finding a new normal, but I can still live my life instead of hiding under the covers in fear.
While everyone’s situations are different in this time, I’m going to make the most out of mine and look for things to enjoy and be grateful for, no matter how big or small.
And I’m also going to go inside now because two yellow jackets just flew by my head. Hello Spring!