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It’s been a while, and the world looks a lot different. Scary even. Some might even say apocalyptic. I wouldn’t say that. I haven’t seen any zombies out unless you call all the parents who now have to work remotely and homeschool their children, zombies. Then yes, zombies galore, from a safe 6-foot distance.

We live in a world of social distancing now. The irony of this new world we face, the regular folk, the muggles, they now know what it’s like to have to protect those families of theirs on a regular basis. To go to the extreme’s to prevent a medical disaster. These families are realizing what’s it’s like to be the warriors we all are and live with all the time.

And what do these people all do? They panic and buy all the toilet paper.

That last part is funny and sad. We live in this controlled chaos all. the. time. We stockpile medication, bigger sized diapers, medical supplies that we need for our children.

When the news started to hit of an epidemic, we were proactive and bought a 3 month supply of formula. The formula was already difficult to get as the company didn’t resupply the resellers, so they had already run out at the end of last year.

Then this became a pandemic, the first cases started to hit our country and it got real. Did I mention Miss R needs to have a g-tube? The first cases started to hit Florida as were having our surgery consult. 2 weeks ago. It seems like a lifetime ago, but it was just two weeks ago.

It’s a difficult and trying time we are all in. I’m here to tell you that it’s ok for you to feel like you’re struggling. It’s ok to feel like you have no idea how you’re going to get through this. I’m also here to tell you that you have survived 100% of the other times you’ve felt like this, and you will get through this just as gracefully.

You are strong. You keep proving time and time again how strong you are having to walk this life. You got this, I got this, we got this together.

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. And honestly, I have been stuck in my head. I’ve been feeling like a failure… like I just couldn’t do it. Knowing full well that I could, and I did. And while I don’t feel like 100% myself, I’ll take the 60% I’m at and accept it. My goal is always to feel better, but some days just suck.

I miss my friends, one in particular, but there are many I think about on a regular basis that I just hope you realize that I may not be in contact often these days. It’s definitely not you, it’s me. This social distancing doesn’t help. Vacations have been missed, recoveries skipped.

Remember to take some time to yourself. To do an emotional self-check to make sure you’re where you want to be, and maybe figure out how to get yourself back on track to that place.

We wear many hats, its ok to just take it off from time to time and dust yourself off. Read a book, sit outside in the sun. Relax. You can always be like me, and sit outside on a lounge chair watching your son swim in a 5-foot pink inflatable pool and burn the tops of your legs because you haven’t seen the sun in years. Yeah, that’s me the native Floridian who looks like she hasn’t stepped foot outside of northern Canada. It’s the small things in life.

My friends, as my boss closed off an email the other day, #inthistogether. Drop a comment, email me (hopefully the links work), we are here for each other because this is our clan. We are #clanstrong.

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Sara is a mother of two, wife and full-time employee. She's also a parent of a child with special needs.