Hello, my friends,
Here we are, six months into the pandemic and quarantine lifestyle. We are living a lifestyle few of us would choose and most of us never envisioned. Though there are blessings among the challenges, the challenges are asking us to dig down deeper than we ever have had to before.
The biggest challenge for me, by far, is missing my people. The clients I get to work with, the people I ran into around town, the friends I love and gathered with often; all of that has been stripped from my day to day life. Except for the few I’m blessed to see, I miss my people and my old life. A lot.
I’m an extrovert and getting recharged by people was my joy. More than I knew until now. So, six months in, I’m seeing the toll it’s taking on me and I wonder if you, my people, are feeling similarly. Even introverts are telling me that though quarantine isn’t so bad, they still miss their people.
So, how do we connect in this complicated time? Everyone has a different sense of how comfortable they are getting together. I personally choose to keep a distance – not wanting to be responsible for potentially getting anyone else sick, but I need to nourish my hurting heart, too.
Virtual connection isn’t bad, but it also isn’t enough. We aren’t meant to connect with each other in a two-dimensional way. We are meant to hug, touch and exchange energy with each other in-person. We are social beings and crave all that goes along with that energy exchange.
So, here’s what I’m learning: a text that says “I’m thinking of you” can mean the world. A phone call feels even better. FaceTime or Zoom visits are very satisfying when you miss someone you love, (but that kind of connection becomes tiresome). An in-person visit, even physically distanced and socially connecting is AMAZING!
Be sure to give yourself whatever elixir your heart and soul need to get through this weird and challenging time. I’d love to hear what you do to help yourselves feel good during covid times or feel free to connect just to say hi or share a story.
Sending love to you all and please know that I miss you!