Wellness

Riding out the storm

It washes over me every morning, this sickening sludge of dread and emotional fatigue. A thousand worries leak into my sleepy brain..

Are the kids still OK?

Have they finally closed the beaches?

Does our county have its first case yet?

 

I grew up spending large swaths of time at sea. We experienced so many amazing things all over the world… interspersed of course with our fair share of absolutely horrific weather. My sisters and I developed the sea legs of salty sailors and very rarely was I ever afraid..

Which doesn’t mean I never got sick.

I remember one such trip, off the coast of Delaware when I was a teen.. The weather was “what the heck are we doing out here?” bad.. I mean pre-weather channel, man overboard, are we gonna capsize, bad. The decision was made to send us into the cabin as things were becoming increasingly dangerous on deck.

Sea sickness Rule #1 – stay outside.

Oh well.

It wasn’t too long after going down into the cabin that the extreme nausea set in. No horizon to focus on, no wind in my face, just tremendous noise and hanging on to anything stable. The phrase “riding out a storm” was created for moments like that..

..and for moments like this.

We’re holed up in our “cabins,” hanging on to what’s stable and trying on a daily basis to filter through the noise that is all the information we are reading and hearing. It’s a storm for sure..and though it often feels like we are all riding it out alone, we are truly going through it together.

At times like this it’s a good exercise to remind yourself of the storms you’ve been through in the past..the hardships you’ve conquered, the mountains you’ve climbed, the confusion and chaos you’ve forged though. Remind yourself of the strength that is yours and tap into that courage- it’s still there!

Even though we can’t see it right now, the horizon is out there.

The clouds will eventually lift and we will step into life again.

I’ll have a thousand over-do hugs to deliver and I absolutely cannot wait..

Gonna start with the Amazon delivery folks..(cause I’ll probably see them first)

ALL healthcare workers..

Publix cashiers..

My husband (if we’re still on speaking terms..😂)..

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5 comments on “Riding out the storm

  1. With you on the hugs!

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  2. Due to my husband’s somewhat fragile health for the past several years there hasn’t been a lot of difference or change to our daily lives because of this. HOWEVER, even the little things we once did we cannot do at the moment. I miss work, especially the social aspects and my lovely coworkers. It is a very challenging time. Batten down the hatches we’re in for a nor’easter, as my father would have said. Hang in there and stay safe.

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