I went to ground for a few days. The world is an overwhelming place right now.
I read the news sparingly; I stayed off social media.
I found inappropriate memes and sent them to those I care about, just to make them laugh.
And now I'm listening to one of my absolutely favourite songs (I'm a rock 'n' roll chic from the way back), Halestorm's "Here's to Us." Even if it's not your jam, even if you've never heard it, these lyrics seem apropos (WARNING: Colourful language ahead):
Here's to us
Here's to love
All the times that we f'd up
Here's to you
Fill the glass
'Cause the last few days have kicked my ass
So let's give 'em hell
Wish everybody well
Here's to us
Here's to us
Stuck it out this far together
Put our dreams through the shredder
Let's toast 'cause things got better
And everything could change like that
And all these years go by so fast
But nothing lasts forever
NOTHING. LASTS. FOREVER. I keep listening over and over, because I need to feel that power, not to mention the guitar (Slash, baby!) and the cursing doesn't hurt, either.
I am taking these lyrics incredibly seriously. We've messed up. The last few days HAVE kicked my ass. I do wish everybody well. And everything DID change like that.
And now we're in a holding pattern. Waiting. Wondering. Watching. Worrying. And - dare I say it? - Whining. And frankly many who have no right to whine are doing so the most loudly. Guys, these are STILL First World Problems.
Think about it: do you have water? Electricity? Internet? Basic Health Care? An adequate food supply? A government that's more-or-less effective? Human rights? Education (even if you have to deliver it yourself right now)? Police, fire, emergency services? Freedom to express yourself (even when you're being a twit)? The right to vote? The right to stand up and MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
I fully get that we're panicked - many of us don't know if we'll be able to make the rent, put food on the table, have a job, have heat, etc. But many of us are also worried that our private school tuition isn't being used effectively during this isolation, or that our vacation plans to somewhere exotic are postponed.
As always, the range of human experience defies logic - and sometimes even imagination. So, while you're "having a moment" (like I was), ask yourself - what do I STILL have/have access to that BILLIONS of people might not? And remember, our best chance lies in sticking it out together.
Here's to us.
Hello! My name is Donna, and I'm a home-educator (10+years) of two gifted boys (now grades 9/10 and 6/7). My PhD is in Education (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning), and I'm a Certified Professional Coach (CPC). I own two companies - Raconteur Spoken Arts Studio and The Eloquence Equation (website being revamped as we speak!). Check out my 'About' page for more dirt! ~cheers~ donna
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