These are crazy times and let’s face it; scary times. COVID – 19 has touched us all. Literally. Every age, religion, colour, sex and occupation in every country and continent around the world. This virus means business and it isn’t going to stop until we do something to stop it. Currently there are no drugs proven to deter or cure it, no magic potions of any kind. All we can do is support each other … and that means staying away from each other!
Listen, I get it. No one likes to be shut up inside their homes for days and weeks… (no I won’t go there) … on end but the only way to stop the spread and the trajectory is to do just that. As someone who has spent far more time alone and “self isolated” over the course of my recovery from breast cancer I know how difficult it can be. And when you have a lot of time to “think,” your mind can start going places that are dark and frightening. You start to think about worse case scenarios; all the “what ifs” and it can suck the energy right out of you. What I tried to do was to focus on the good things, however small they may be. I tried to set goals for myself each day, even if that was only to shower and make it downstairs…but the point is, we all need to push on and not let these trying times defeat us. The power of positivity DOES make a difference in how we get through difficult times.
Our generation is fortunate that we have technology to distract us, with movies and video games and teleconferencing. We have the technology to be able to communicate and share with each other face to face….even if that’s only through a computer screen.
Last night I was sharing funny YouTube clips and jokes with family and friends. I would email or text them and then wait with anticipation to hear back from them with their reactions. It became a game. Everyone was sending things back and forth, trying to outdo each other with images and to make each other laugh. And yes, it is good to laugh during these times. It is important to feel joy. In fact it is crucial. There have been days throughout my recovery that well all I can say to describe them is they have been fuc#ing horrible. I’ve been in extreme pain, weak, frustrated, lonely and very depressed. I have had days when I thought “will this ever end?” But I have pushed on and those days have become less and less. Laughter helped me through my breast cancer journey and I am relying on it again, to get through this next hurdle of self isolation and the unknown.
As frustrating and yes, frightening as this pandemic is, at least we can all relate to each other. We are all self isolating. We are all dealing with shortages and inconveniences. So we should all be able to help, support and understand each other as we are all experiencing this emotional roller coaster. Some of us, unfortunately, are dealing with more serious situations be it personally or among our family…loss of jobs, illness and even death. These people need our help even more. If you can reach out to them, stay in touch with them and support them however possible I beseech you to do so. We are all worried. We are all vulnerable. We all need each other now more than ever. We owe it to ourselves, our families, our communities, our countries..our planet.
Stay strong. Stay focused. Stay positive. Stay connected. But stay away from each other…please!
President of As You Like It Marketing & Communications Inc. Award winning speaker and author. Breast cancer fighter and blogger. I’m sharing my journey…the good, the bad and the ugly. Hoping to help anyone else that has been touched by breast cancer be it you or someone you know or love.