Friday, March 27th, 2020 – 6:24pm – The Ending Of my Challenge.
The good news is, in so many ways, my 30-day challenge, that I only ½ completed, was a great success. It pushed me to write at times I’ve never written before. That was huge. Breaking out of my systematic way of writing by hand and then transferring written work to a digital format was/is time consuming. I feel comfortable in saying, I don’t need to do that anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer to write with pen and paper, especially when it comes to my journal or writing the first draft of my second book, but I’m not against writing straight from keyboard anymore. In that sense, mission accomplished!
My failure is that this coronavirus situation in our country and world has done me in something fierce.
Emotionally, I’m an absolute mess. I’m keeping it together, mostly for my friends and family. I have family who work in hospitals and clearly we’ve all heard the horrible circumstances they’re dealing with just not having enough of the basic equipment and gear (PPE’s) to do their jobs. But there’s also a mental toll they’re taking on. Watching people die. That’s hard at any time. Sure, it’s part of their jobs but it’s never easy. It’s made even harder because it’s continuous. And, I’m sure, some people would not die during this pandemic if we had been more prepared. If our government…
I can’t even go there. This is not about THAT. My point is, being there for my friends & family on the front line as best I can – listening to them when they finish a shift, is what I can do to help them. But hearing them vent and just watching the toll it’s taking on them has been heart-wrenching to say the least. I don’t let them know I’m crying, I want to be strong for them. But inside I’m dying. And when I finish the call, I cry. Deeply. And then I move onward.
I have friends – mi familia – with young children who’ve never had to spend this much time with them regularly. In one way, it’s very funny. I remember these friends wanting so desperately to have children. And of course, they love their kids, but yeah, damn! I couldn’t spend that much time with a 6 year old either, let alone 4 of them. I’ve done my best to answer every call and be the “Auntie” who’ll talk to the kids for a bit on WhatsAPP or Skype or Zoom just to give mom or dad a break. I mean it’s not much, but it’s what I can do to help. Again, I don’t share how bad I feel for them – but after I’m done, I say a prayer for all them.
I have a couple of friends whose marriages were on the rocks to begin with but now this situation is making it even worse in a lot of ways. Relationships are hard always. Harder when you’re basically in quarantine and your responsibility is to your kids. So… I’m happy to hear them vent too. One of my friends shared a glass (or bottle actually) of wine over Zoom. I literally watched her get drunk via video cam, all while she complained about her fiancé. Yikes!
I’ve also had to revamp my own job/business. Like everyone else, I’ve been considering long-term changes to my own industry and possible job/client loss and adjusting accordingly. It’s tough. I’ve seen major businesses get stuck in this and I’ve heard small business owners and CEO’s cry because they had to let their staff go and can’t pay them anything because they have no sales to cover the costs. Better to let them file for unemployment… It’s been sad to listen too and yet I continue to do my job as well – even though I know I’m not getting paid either. It’s the right thing to do.
My epic failure, if you will, is not being able to finish the challenge because by the time 9pm rolls around and I eat my dinner and think about my writing challenge, I end up falling asleep – lately on the couch, with the TV on, watching some show I was sure to start binging, humming in the background.
So, I’m okay with finishing my 30-day challenge today. I didn’t complete it, but I accomplished my goals and for that I’m so grateful.
More importantly, I’m so blessed to have so many friends and family who feel comfortable to talk to me or reach out to me when they need a hand. I wish it were like normal times where life was just doing it’s thing and we were all hanging out together because that’s what people do – but this works too. Our true character is tested not when things are easy, but when things are hard. And so far, I think I’m doing okay.
I hope you are too.
Much love & thanks for stopping by.