Never did we ever think that finding eggs in a grocery store would be like winning the lottery! That grocery stores in general are struggling to fill their shelves and it looks like a game of Supermarket Sweeps just finished. Never did we think that staples like milk would be something we would have to track down for our elderly neighbors, who couldn’t get any through their curbside delivery. Never did we think that waiting to enter a grocery store would involve a line worthy of a music venue, so the number of people inside would be kept to a minimum. Never did we think that teaching math and grammar and poetry to our children would be required! This however is our new reality and while it is bleak at times, we are trying, oh so very hard, to see the benefits of isolation.
“I figured something out. The future is unpredictable.” - John Green
Before we get to the hearts and flowers, let's be real, we have washed a million loads of dishes and made our children put them away (ever been looked at like you are forcing slave labor on someone-we have). We have cooked a lot of meals, we have heard our kids shouting for our attention approximately a million times and counting, we have almost broken down over elementary math and there have been tantrums, from both us and them!
“If you want to be happy, be.”-Tolstoy Leo
At the end of this though, and we all hope there is an end, maybe we will take some lessons from this with us. Like sleep, going to sleep early is so restorative or even if you don’t go to bed early, 7-8 hours of sleep is a must! This part is actually heaven for us as we are big on sleeping in. We are functioning with less technology, besides work, school and agreed upon screen time, we are doing more things outside, crafts, exercise, trampoline, scooters, walking, reading…. A simpler, more uncomplicated existence is something we thought only celebrities who locked themselves in ashrams got to experience. Forced downtime may be the gift in all this.
“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.”
There are both ups and downs to every experience in life, while this experience may hold a lot of downs, we hope that in a small way there is a hint of light to be discovered. Stay isolated as much as you can, reach out for the help that you need, make sure you take your medication and that you go outside when the weather permits. Find one thing you can be grateful for each day and know we are open 365 days a year, so when you feel the need for support, know we are here. In Health-SG