As we are all being forced to change our everyday routines, and daily life habits, and our world becomes smaller, you may start to question the direction or purpose of your life.
Sometimes we make the decision to change, and other times we are forced to make changes, which can be very painful and difficult.
Now is the time to make those overdue changes and create the life that you want. In Restless Soul Syndrome, people ask common everyday questions as to what the purpose of their life is. The answer isn’t as difficult as you think it may be.
Dreaming of traveling during the restriction? I love travel and being restricted at this time during the pandemic is difficult. All I can do is reminisce about past travel adventures and plan for the future.
Read about self-transformation in some of the world’s most beautiful places.
At first the pandemic didn’t seem real. I didn’t think that life was going to change to the level that it has. A week or so later, I see anxiety on people’s faces and hear fear in their voices. They are not alone as I find myself scared for myself, my family, my community, the country and the planet.
Never has there been a time when the entire entire world has experienced such global impact. We cannot drive away from it, nor can we fly to another country to escape. We are limited to being together at the time when we need being together the most. We struggle to find food and supplies.
For me, as my world becomes smaller and smaller, I have been forced to go within, something I am often to busy to do, or simply avoid. Now I find going within an essential part of my daily routine as my previous life no longer exists. I no longer go out for coffee or lunch and running errands has come to a bare minim as I am restricted to my home. Although keeping busy has always been a good distraction, now I am forced to find peace and solace in prayer and meditation.
I also know that like everything in life, this too will pass and the sun will continue to shine. In the meantime, we need to dance through the storm, whether it is with others or alone.
You, me, us, we will all get through together. The storm clouds will pass and the sun will shine again, just dance through the storm, dance through the storm, dance through the storm….
Not just for kids! Guaranteed to take you on a humorous and smelly adventure when you need it the most. One of my latest books about an odd stinky character and his wiener dog, Fart. Together they burn down a pier on the ocean with their BBQ grill, go hiking in Wales, sell old boots at the Antiques Road Show and fart at the funfair.
Warning: Read at your own risk and wear protective nose covering.
Today I wanted to make some homemade cabbage soup and got in the car to go to the local grocery store, but then paused. I sat in the car thinking, was it worth getting a cabbage to possibly get coronavirus and die? The answer wasn’t as easy as you would think. At first I thought, yes, I’m fine, I’m not going to catch anything, then I thought about, what if?
What if I came into contact with someone who was ill and I picked up the potentially deadly virus? I struggled with the decision and then got upset. I only wanted to make soup, nothing out of the ordinary, not go ski-diving or jump off a bridge, things that are considered risky. I just wanted to make some healthy tasty soup, yet now the message I was hearing on the news was that a trip to the grocery store to get a cabbage could possibly kill me….
How to live life in uncertain and unpredictable times? Not an easy thing to do. I am following the CDC’s guidelines and trying to avoid large groups of people and staying at home for the most part, but sometime’s it’s not easy. I turned the engine off and got out of my car. I did not get the cabbage and sulked into my house, without a cabbage, feeling disappointed.
I also talked to my son down south yesterday. He informed me that he didn’t have any toilet paper. I finished our phone call and later thought, I didn’t ask him if he needed any toilet paper. So I called back and asked him a question I thought I would never ask. “Can I send you some toilet paper?”
As we all continue to adjust to the shortages and to isolation, we need to be responsible and take care of ourselves the best we can. Life is not easy, but somehow we will all get through this together and rebuild our lives, our countries, and our economies. Life will go on.
In the meantime, I go without cabbage soup and my son goes without toilet paper, yet we survive!
How is isolating good for us? For those of us who like to be social, isolation may be a welcome change in the beginning, but after a few days it may become difficult.
As our world continues to shut down over the days and weeks following the coronavirus, we all have to adjust to what is.
I work remotely, and find getting out during my days a necessary part of feeling healthy and connected, yet life is presenting with limitations as I try to adjust to a smaller world. At first I found the changes uncomfortable, especially when I walked into my favorite cafe to write and found most of the tables had disappeared. I then heard how limiting people into the cafe would help reduce the spread of germs. After my initial disappointment, I realized I would have to resign to being at home more.
I now focus on how I can be productive and happy being isolated to such a small home and community. Luckily for me, I love being creative. I will make the most out of my time by writing, painting, cooking and doing all those things that I often complain I don’t have time for.
For me, its the initial adjustment of being alone more and being restricted from some of my favorite places, but I know this won’t last forever. I also know that using this time to make long needed personal changes is what I need to do at this time. Although I am blessed to have a wonderful husband to share my shrinking world with, those of you who don’t have a spouse or partner and find yourself alone, try to use this time to do what you have put off or have wanted to do for years. Clean the house, take a hike, play with your pet, read a book, play drums, cook a favorite meal, learn to knit or dance like crazy!
Being alone and going within is a healthy and necessary part of personal growth. Keeping everyone safe is necessary in a changing world, but it doesn’t mean isolation has to be bad. Make the most out of it! It won’t last forever.