Updated: May 4, 2020
We all went into 2020 with a lot of expectations and hopes and I am sure you will agree with me when I say we did not expect our year to be going this way. Seven or so weeks into quarantine and I am starting to lose my spark to keep going. I am sure many of you are feeling the same way. Maybe some of you lost it day three. We are all feeling the weight of the world on our shoulders as we try and navigate this new way to live. I try and frame everything in a positive state of mind. “I get to stay safe in my home.” “I get to work from home so I can keep my clients and coworkers safe.” Sometimes it’s not enough. Sometimes I am scraping the bottom of my barrel to try and muster up the energy to get through the day. The one thing that helps me the most is to know that I am not alone in this. During my many phone calls and video calls I see all these people of all different ages and lives get through this time in a multitude of ways, but they all have one thing in common. Resilience. My family, my youth, and my coworkers inspire me. When I get off the phone or my video calls with them I am reminded of why I get up and trudge through my big emotions, and I remember that I am stronger than whatever is putting me down. So for all the people who are reading this and need to hear it: You are absolutely amazing, and you can do this. I know this is hard. I know that it seems to have no end, and I know you are all missing your traditional support systems. I am too. Just know you are most certainly not alone in your feelings. Think about all the people you can’t wait to see in person again. Think about how good it will feel when we can all go to the beach with our families. Hold on to the hope and the plans for the future. Come up with a mantra that will help you get through the day, and if you need one you can have mine “This is only temporary.” So know that it’s ok to have bad days, but don’t let it take you down because I know you have the resilience to get through this.
By Bethany Helmuth