Another week in the surreal world of the unseen enemy is nearly done. It’s been just over three weeks of quarantine due to the coronavirus. I’ve learned just when you think things can’t get any more complicated, any more surreal, they most often do.
The new routine of life is definitely an adjustment. Getting used to a new routine isn’t always easy. Learning to work from home, teaching classes online isn’t always the easiest maze to navigate. But navigate it I did, one day a a time. Far from perfect, but I’m hoping I did an adequate job of doing what I needed to do.
From a personal standpoint, the road has also not been easy. I always considered myself to be a homebody, but not quite to the extent that I’ve had to these past three weeks. I’ve been cooking all my meals and planning around what I’ll eat during the coming weeks. I’ve made several trips to the store, but realize those trips put me at additional risk and I need to consider the consequences.
My mind has gone here and there. Many times I woke up in the morning and it takes the first minute for all the realities of the world we’re living in to settle in once more. And then there’s the fear and dread as I consider all the implications of the battle we’re all facing. I try to steady my thought and let those negative feelings pass as they will. Sometimes it takes longer than others, but I realize that it’s all a part of my mental framework each day.
My mind consider how much longer all this lifestyle will last. The school year is almost certainly a wash, although I’ll have to still guide students and grade their work once its finished. My own children are facing personal battles of their own during this crisis and although I realize there’s a limit to what I’m able to do, I want them to always know I’m there for support. Things may get more difficult in some respects before they get any better.
So that’s my life these days. I normally would write this as my last journal entry of the evening, but I decided to share it here tonight. Perhaps I’m able to provide some insight for others as they continue to trudge the surreal world of the unseen enemy.