Don't Be Derailed

The last time I made a blog post was almost two months ago. I have been derailed. As we take note of the current COVID19 situation, it is as if life is at a standstill. We cannot go out. A majority of us cannot go to work. Students have switched to virtual school. We are unable to interact and connect physically. In addition, the community at large has to deal with a level of anxiety related to the effects of this novel disease. All that creates a perfect atmosphere for derailment.

This has really taken a toll on the country since the beginning of March. Other parts of the world have been dealing with this since early January and still have not been able to move fully recover. I, on the other hand, have been trying to move on from my own personal issues not remotely related to the Coronavirus since early January which now has been compounded with COVID19.

Life happens. Unexpected situations that throw us for a loop. Sometimes those life situations get multiplied and even more complicated with things outside of our control before we even get to deal with the first thing. It can seem like we are never going to catch a break. That has been the sentiment of 2020. I have said, on multiple occasions, "Throw the whole 2020 away!"
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We were so hopeful for this new year as we are for every milestone and we should not give up on that hope. However, the reality is we are here in a very difficult situation that we as a whole could not have anticipated. I have been derailed since January and find myself now trying to find a way to get back on track. Now that I am in a place to do that, Coronavirus essentially tells me to sit down and wait. How can I? I feel that I waited enough and wasted a couple of months.

Mentally, I am back on track but now there is a traffic jam and nothing is moving. What do we do in the meantime? Some of us have it better than others. Some of us are still employed. Some of us may be stuck at home but have enough leave time from work to cover it. Some of us may have to change how we work, adjusting to a work-at-home situation when we used to go into the office. Either way, things are so different that all we are wondering is when can things get back to normal.

We do not have the luxury to fall apart now. Life will not wait for us to pick up with pieces. We have to get ourselves back on track. Mentally prepare ourselves for what is happening by practicing mindfulness and keeping our spirits up. Stay in the moment and take things one day at a time, one bill at a time, one online class at a time, one breath at a time. Stay calm and take the next step. Plan but do not fret and when traffic starts moving again, be ready.
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