It’s Wednesday, which looks a lot like Tuesday and Friday and Sunday around here.
I’ll head to work in a few minutes (down the hall from the couch in the living room where I current sit) and never realize I did not step outside once all day. I’ll be on Zoom after Zoom, call after call, write, respond, watch a webinar, miss a webinar, eat too much, not drink enough water, always with an eye on the news in the background, listening to my family in the background, the dogs, the ducks wandering by.
I am privileged to be able to tune out the pandemic while trying to work from home.
As I go about my days, being able to connect to one another, our experiences, fears, doubts, humanity is what will get us through this.
And still, this morning when the reminder to check into my flight to New York, where my husband and I were going to celebrate our anniversary early, I just felt deflated. Our NYC trip is postponed, again. Two years in a row.
Last year our trip was postponed as I was beginning a new job. Ironically, my first day was on a plane to NYC to attend the firm’s Annual Members Meeting with three full suitcases packed as I wasn’t headed home, but to our new life in New Orleans via Atlanta.
This year our trip is postponed because of this pandemic that is devastating our world–physically, economically, spiritually, and emotionally.
And you know what? It’s okay.
It’s okay to lament something that seems so trivial–a missed trip or experience–while feeling grateful that your family is safe, while watching the world fall apart amidst so much suffering.
It’s okay to not really know what day of the week it is. To feel whatever way you are feeling.
What’s not okay is to lose our connection to one another. At this moment in time, the world is having a shared experience. Every single person on this planet has this one thing in common. We are all connected. Forget Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. We are Six Degrees of Coronavirus.
So whoever you are, where ever you are, what’s your day like today? Where’s the first place you’re going to go to eat when the restaurants reopen? Where will you travel to? What are you missing most right now?