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April 2, 2020

Just Being Present during Quarantine

Today was a hard day. Not gonna lie. Every day this “new way of life” seems harder and harder. Haven’t seen my parents since March 13. Not because we don’t want to, but because we don’t know that is the right thing to do… We have been staying at our respective homes, we don’t go out (just for groceries when we need them), we try to make the best of this situation… On March 16th my parents came back from a trip abroad, so they stayed in their home for 14 days without seeing anyone… So it has been so long. I feel like I’m living a never ending dream…

It is now day #16 in quarantine, my kids are probably so over me and need to see new faces. We video call their friends and my family, we are being present. So why is it that we still feel distant, sad? How can we continue to live when we know that life will be very different from now on? That life will never be the same because we are changing as a society? Because life is not paused, life keeps going but the days are different.

Because my son’s 3rd birthday already happened on March 16th 2020 and that day is gone forever, now we have to wait until March 26, 2021 to celebrate his birthday with his family. Because that day just happened and we are living a life that we never imagined living…

Because there are people out there who are sick and it is up to us to save lives, at the expense of anything, hospitals won’t be able to keep up with the need for people who need doctors. This is insane, so crazy to even think about. We don’t even know how to cope with the situation and how to make the best of this.

So how do I turn this into a positive? I’m usually a super positive person, I see the good in everything that we do and everything that we see. This new normal is not normal at all, it’s just putting everything on hold and hope for the best, how does this make sense?

The truth is that it doesn’t make any sense at all. We don’t really have answers and I don’t know how to stay positive.

So what do I do?

I pray, I meditate and ask for a miracle. I count my blessings and I thank the Lord for keeping me safe and for giving me common sense to stay home. The truth is that that is all that we can do and I’m not sure what else.

I stay occupied writing and being present with my being so that I can somehow stay sane in the middle of this craziness. Just keep on moving, just keep on staying positive and taking care of those people who need you. In my case, I have to keep on going for my kids. They’re too young to understand what is going on, so I just have to do it for them…

And just like, in the middle of writing this, my daughter woke up and I had to go calm her down. This doesn’t stop… our days keep coming and going, the hours seem longer and we just don’t know what is happening.

The only thing you can do is stay calm, smile, be with your kids, with your families. Look at the bigger picture, we are safe, we are healthy. So many people are not, including people who I know.. So just relax, this is not forever and live in the present…

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