It’s been exactly one full year that I’ve been staying home thanks to the 2020 pandemic. I will never forget the day since I woke up on March 1st with a cold after a fun weekend with friends. Clearly a little too much fun, hence the lovely cold I caught. But, I remember waking up with a weird scratchy throat and cough (not COVID) while the topic of the virus finally hit my morning TV show as a news story. To be honest, I felt weird heading to the grocery store with a cold with all this unknown chatter. So I decided to stay home that week and do grocery delivery. Something I NEVER do. And the following week, it was game over here in Georgia.
How Are You Doing?
One full year later…
It really doesn’t even feel like it’s been a year. It still feels like April to me. Anyone else? It’s wild to think that a full year has gone by and all at the same time it feels like maybe a month. Time used to fly by. And now, we’re just stagnant. There are moments when it feels like this has truly been the longest year ever. But I also feel like it’s been just a few weeks. So much has happened, yet nothing has changed either. Maybe that’s why things feel so much at a standstill.
While we’re coming up to that year mark for the entire country, I just have to ask you all, how are you doing?
This past year has been so weird, crazy, unprecedented. Not even just for dealing with a once in a hundred year pandemic, but everything else in between. The racial divide, the political landscape, insane snowstorms, hurricanes and wildfires. The list is never-ending it feels like. But we’re surviving, aren’t we? We’re still here.
I hope I’m not alone in that some days I feel great. I get up, get my workout in, feel motivated to work and be productive. And I’m actually in a good mood. Then there are days that just suck. For no apparent reason other than we’re surviving a pandemic. It’s just a lot of ups and downs. And still a lot of unknowns.
With vaccines officially rolling out everywhere, the light at the end of the tunnel definitely feels much brighter now than it did many months ago. It’s a good feeling. But then there’s the moment when I sit and think of what we’ve all been enduring and how we’ll come out of this on the other side. How is this experience affecting our friendships and relationships? How do we properly grieve the losses we’ve had this last year. Between the over 500,000 who have passed from COVID, to those we’ve lost in our families but could not properly grieve their passing. This year has been nothing short of firsts.
Have we even really processed what’s happening or will it hit us when it’s all over? All of that is going to become a reality soon.