There was a constant *ping* on my phone. Every couple of minutes I’d get another email or text that usually started out with “we are going to postpone/cancel due to COVID-19.” And within a couple of days life as we had known it was completely changed. Instead of running my kids to various activities, with a finely tuned schedule and routine, we have come to a full stop.
This stop was not gradual. There was no breaking in advance. It was like hitting a brick wall at full speed. BAM! DONE! No sports, no school, No play dates, no impromptu coffee dates – essential services only. We quickly learned that our generation is quick to panic (all the TP really people?!?). We didn’t know exactly what to do because we have never had to live through anything like this. Our conversations have shifted from what your plans are for the weekend to asking about self isolating, social distancing and quarantining. The generations that are used to having everything available at their finger tips is now being introduced to a whole new way of living. The older generations who remember what it was like before we got so busy and intertwined with technology, are collectively sighing and reassuring us younger ones that this too shall pass. (Over FaceTime on their iPhones that they’re still not too sure how to use)
This virus has brought the world to its knees. It is forcing us to slow down. To stop. To wait. To be patient. As a person who thrives off of routine and being around other people – this has been hard. I’m having a hard time self isolating. I crave to be around people. It has taught me already that slowing down is not a bad thing. Frustrating, yes. But not necessarily bad thing. We are slowly finding a loose routine around here. School work, chores, dance parties, new recipes, some basketball or baseball/softball in the shop, board games. I’ve had some great conversations with my kids and husband. We’ve had time to spend time as a family – all together. No one needing to be run to an extracurricular activity.
This pandemic has also forced me to look for the good. I’m very thankful for technology that keeps me connected to friends and family. I’m also thankful I live on a farm for wide open spaces. I can see the prairie sunrises and sunsets on a daily basis. When you are forced to slow down – you start to see the beauty in the small things. You start to appreciate the simplicity of the slow down. I’m not becoming a hermit anytime soon – I do look forward to the day we return back to “normal”. But for now I’ll try, coffee in hand, to appreciate the slow down we’re forced to be in right now.