Sheryl Crow may be right, but right now–could we stop having so many changes? In the span of two weeks, I temporarily shut down my business and my new cabaret show is indefinitely postponed. Those were the main parts of my life, so in a way a lot of my life has seemed indefinitely postponed. The first thing I remembered as the COVID-19 epidemic escalated was to continue and even more practice grounding myself (connecting with the earth, feeling its support, it still has us even though everything seems completely messed up and doesn’t make sense), breathing and meditation, therapy, and self-reiki (anyone who is level 1 can do this). Reaching out to people–I’ve been more social in the past two weeks than in the past two years, connecting–I found a performer’s group online where we talk and uplift each other. Helping out others: donating to organizations, sending Venmo payments to artist and bartender friends who are struggling, posting encouraging thoughts and cute cat pictures on Facebook.
It’s a struggle, though. I get depressed. There are times when I don’t want to do anything. Sometimes I do some of the above, sometimes I sleep all day. I’d love to say that I’m some super-evolved human that has this all down, but I don’t. And all of our feelings are valid. I have a right to feel disappointed that the two of the things that mean the most of to me. I have a right to be frightened for my friends who are out of work. I am frightened when I hear about my friends who have gotten sick. It’s scary right now. It’s ok to feel that and be where you are right now. Just don’t get stuck. Find routines and things to do (I’m learning Polish on Duolingo right now; I make sure I practice my singing every day). Talk with your therapist if you have one or reach out to close friends if you don’t. I have included some recommendations of books and activities to help as well.
We’re going to get through this. The earth is still supporting us, even though everything is crazy right now.