I haven’t spoken to a single person who is actually having an easy time with this COVID-19 mess. Seriously, not one.
Problems are arising in every aspect of life! Finances, health (mental and physical), relationships, education and more.
What helps me a lot is knowing that all of this will eventually end. However, it is very uncomfortable not to have a good sense of when that will be.
I often find myself talking with others about when they think this will end, and everyone has a different answer. None of it is comforting.
I’m not convinced anyone really knows the answer regarding the duration of the pandemic, as it depends on many factors. Not to mention, most of the people making these guesses have not studied infectious diseases. I don’t blame anyone for guessing, as I, a digital marketer, have been guessing all along. It’s sort of a coping mechanism. I think if we really understood the timeline, we wouldn’t have the shelter-in-place orders extended.
When this started, I was under the impression that I would be working from home for two weeks. No big deal. Jokes on me and everyone else who had the same thought. When the first few cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the U.S., I figured we had it under control. Then I very quickly watched the # of cases climb and then the # of deaths.
Okay, so that’s the depressing part.
I’ve now decided to focus less on “when will this end?” And more on “what can I do to make this suck less?” It’s still going to suck. Let’s set realistic expectations here. However, as I put more energy into adapting to my new situation, I notice it gets easier each day.
Some days may be harder than others, but never underestimate your power to adapt to this new lifestyle as well as to the direction and distance of the road ahead.
Have you ever heard the phrase “I’ll get there when I get there?” I know I say it all of the time, mostly to myself (yes, I talk to myself). Maybe we should all be saying something like “We’ll get there when we get there.”
And to all my friends and family, I will see you when I see you 😊.