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Are we there yet????

As an online and free Support Group site, we try to find the silver lining in our weekly or sometimes, bi monthly blogs, but something about 2020 has zapped even our enthusiasm. The numbers of COVID-19 infections continue to rise like a storm in an end of civilization movie. The wave keeps rising and people, humans who we expect to be civil, kind, slightly intelligent and express an attitude of wanting to help out their fellow human, have overwhelmingly shown themselves to be lacking in decency. Adults are throwing tantrums over wearing a mask, a mask for goodness sake, my children wear masks with little to no complaint as long as they have been washed and smell nice, they also tend to throw fits if they are over tired and hungry, adults, what is their excuse you may ask, they claim their civil rights are being trampled.

Oddly, these same people who claim their rights are being trampled, seem to be largely silent on the overwhelming instances of police brutality and murder. So masks are bad, but brutality that leads to murdering people who are innocent, ehh, 2020, we really had high hopes for you and we feel incredibly let down.

“This is my doctrine: Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.”
-Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty Of Man, Woman And Child

Okay, so for the part where we find our silver lining, and we had to dig deep! We finally have time for all the self care we said we prioritized before all this happened but NEVER actually had time for!

Exercise: Before COVID-19 we worked out, but it was something we made time for, we fit it in, now, it is something we have to do, mostly because it is a huge part of our activities for the day! And often there is even time to walk in the evening, it is kind of like a forced vacation at times, we see other humans, we wave! It feels very Donna Reidesque (for those who don’t get the reference, GOOGLE!).

Cooking: Meals used to be rushed affairs, we were hungry, food was prepared, we ate and moved on. Since the pandemic we have been cooking a lot. Besides a few meals that we have ordered to go, such as an amazing meal from an Indian Restaurant a few nights ago, cooking and finding new recipes has actually been a lot of fun! We have become reacquainted with the plethora of kitchen tools we have! Who knew?! Cooking is the new entertainment, try it, the preparing is the fun part, cleaning, not so much. The key is to wrangle your family in for that part, it is key to keeping the cook happy (seriously, you will thank us for this tip).

Yoga and Meditation: Sleeping can be hard when you are living under a cloud of worry and stress, and while it sounds cliche, yoga and meditation really do help. Doing a short yoga routine before bed sets a wonderful tone for a good night's sleep. All of us have a few minutes before bed to do a few stretches or sit quietly and meditate, it may mean curtailing your current Netflix, Hulu or Amazon addiction just a little, but we promise, it is worth it.

“Just when you think it can't get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can't get any better, it can.”
-Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight

We are all just hanging in there together. It may not seem like things will get any better, but this time, while pretty morose at present, may just turn into some of our best memories with our loved ones or friends. The slower pace is nice, knowing that doing even the little things, like wearing a mask, can make a huge difference. Life is hard, we weren’t promised an easy road, but together, knowing we are supported and fighting through this life thing collectively, somehow makes the path just a little easier. Hang in there. All the best-SG

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” -Isaac Asimov

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