I hope everyone is hanging in there during these challenging times that are everything but easy. From fear to all the wide spread range of topics that affect us with the recent outbreak of this pandemic, many have lost their jobs, including health insurance and benefits. People are left without knowing how to continue to pay their mortgages and other bills. Others go stir crazy sitting at home, feeling locked up and isolated. Watching the news has gone to a whole new level of self torture and feeding that fear that keeps people suppressed and under control. Wanna experience what true horror feels like in a game of giving the unknown, and the loss of control the upper hand….just turn on the TV and you got it for 24hrs.
Strangely for me, it seems like I have been more active, taking more walks outside, getting exercise and fresh air since the pandemic has started. I can’t say that this is the sole reason for it, although I have been known to go against the grain and be a bit rebellious, but this is not the time for it and merely lines up with my quest for a healthier life I have started in January. I have lost ten pounds so far, by eating and moving more, and I am dedicated to continue this journey. It does feel like walking through a ghost town at times, like you are one of the few survivors. More than once I had the feeling that the walking dead will come around the corner to limp after me. The few people in cars that ventured out to get essentials, drive past with scared faces and frightened eyes in a sea of parked cars, and driveways full with the remainder of the population being at home in self quarantine. In my neighborhood there seems to be a silent agreement and understanding in place, and should you encounter someone along the way, they quickly change street sides to stay away as far as possible from you. Nobody wants to take a chance and it’s better to avoid any possibility which feels like a mutual favor. In a way it feels like this has been the most consideration for each other displayed in a long time, but it could also be a heightened self preservation with little regards to the next person. Take your pick, I have felt both ways during such encounter. My walks have been eerie and beautiful at the same time.
While the air seems fresher, and the skies have cleared from pollution, I have to say that on several occasions I felt as if seeing the world for the very first time. There is a stillness, a peace, a silent healing, that resonates and connects me deeply to Mother Earth. The positive effects this had on Mother Nature is undeniable, and I truly hope that a few things can change when this is all over to keep a better balance between humanity and the planet we inhabit. I do believe that this was necessary to invoke such changes, and it sad that it had to come to this. In a way it reminds of life itself and all the lessons we can only learn the hard way. If it’s not shaking us to the core, would we ever learn anything? No, I think not, and it has to hurt to get our attention, to change our ways. I hope that we as humanity can listen and understand this message that affects us all. I hope that we can impact what we can and change what is within our power for better balance and co existence.