I will be honest.
I didn’t think sheltering in place would be a challenge.
After all, I essentially already do this anyway. I work from home every day. I often have to consult my phone to remember what day it is. I shower because I love it, not because I have to.
The other day, after several consecutive days staying at home, I finally had to go to the bank. I had to go because it was my youngest nephew’s fifth birthday and I needed cash to tuck into his birthday card like I do every year.
When I got to the bank, the line for the ATM stretched around the block. So I decided to go into the branch to get my cash. I explained that I needed multiples of $10. The stern-looking door monitor wearing gloves and wielding a large canister of hand sanitizer told me to stand behind the purple line until someone came out. When another person exited, I was directed to a particular ATM just inside the door that was set up to dispense five dollar bills.
This was definitely different than my normal routine. By the time I procured the cash and mailed my nephew’s card, I felt completely worn out. And like I wanted to shower in hand sanitizer while wearing a mask, gloves and a HAZMAT suit.
Sheltering in place is definitely not my jam.
And truly, everybody is struggling, I know. How could we not be?
On the one hand, at least we have the internet, which is keeping us together in the only way that is safe right now. On the other hand, I felt like public enemy #1 today as I attempted to navigate a new normal where everyone could be a carrier – including me.
But there have been some positive aha moments as well.
For example, today I realized I like how, instead of buying bottled water encased in planet-killing plastic, I am making my own purified water at home with my LifeStraw.
I like that I am spending less money by using up what I already have first (economy, I owe you an apology).
I like that I feel more grateful for everything I have in my life – my health, my job, the food in my frig.
I like that I am recommitting to my health, making sure to eat healthy, take my supplements, make my green smoothies, do my yoga, take more walks and bike rides, get rest.
I like that I am investing in myself, showing up for my weekly life coaching calls, enrolling in free podcasts, making time to meditate daily.
This pandemic is beyond scary. I actually know a couple of people who have caught the coronavirus and their stories make me shake all the way down into my socks. I am particularly terrified for my elderly parents and not un-scared for myself, if only because I worry daily who will take care of my precious animals if I get sick.
But I recognize there can be some good coming out of this time as well. That is what gave me the idea for this post. I thought, what if we all identify five things, or three things, or one thing, we pledge to do differently post-coronavirus?
How could our planet change for the better if each one of us comes out of this with at least one firm commitment to change what we know for a fact will help us all?
So here are my five pandemic pledges:
- I will cut my plastic use in half (starting with my new purified water routine)
- I will use up what I have before spending money on anything new
- I will continue making a daily gratitude list at the end of each day
- I will continue with my new health routine (supplements, green smoothies, yoga, nature)
- I will keep finding ways to invest in myself
Will you join me? I’d love to hear your pandemic pledges – it doesn’t have to be five pledges. It can be one pledge that is deeply meaningful to you.
With great respect and love,