By Danielle J. /Ms HotSauce!
So, in case you haven’t noticed, we have been on lockdown (aka social distancing for all you politically correct followers!) for roughly twenty-something days and I’ve taken full advantage of paying attention to myself, my mind set, and my endeavors. I think I have figured out some pretty cool stuff about myself and I wanted to share some of them with you! I have also learned a lot about my unforgettable 8 year old child (but that’s a blog for another day). So for now, let’s start with me. Shall we? Let’s go!:
- Fear and common sense have been REALLY hard for me to separate at this time. So, I have been trying to calm down my fear of the absolute unknown by reasoning with myself and forcing myself to use common sense. Here’s what I have figured out: I’m not afraid to catch COVID-19, BUT, I also don’t want to be out in the atmosphere completely unprotected. I’m the first to admit that at first, I was not for the protective gear and the hoopla that surrounded the virus when it first started to surface, but now I’m a believer. I’m sure that has come from watching the news and social media and hearing nothing but negativity. But let me be clear: when I say I’m a believer, it means I believe in the severity of the whole thing but not in the death sentence that some would have us think there is if you catch the virus. I have found that it makes me sense to ME and my mind and mentality to focus on the survival rates and recovery stories. At the same time, it’s hard to not be fearful of the unknown. Overall, I’ve learned to Protect yourself and stay positive, while STAYING HOME.
- I never knew how much I touched my face until we were told NOT to touch our face. It’s seems really weird BUT apparently I loveeee touching my face. I sometimes even just place my hand on my face just because I have no where else to put my hands. This is a really hard habit to break. Comment and let me know if you have noticed the same thing and how you are dealing with this because I CLEARLY need help and suggestions.
- I have been forced out of complete boredom by taking the time to learn how to cook! And I am proud to say that I’ve actually been enjoying it! As someone that has always shy’d away from cooking, I have found myself being really excited about dabbling in the kitchen! Good thing my mom is always close by to help me out, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be keeping this lil quarantine habit up after the world releases us again.
- I have definitely learned that I am NOT a teacher. I’ve always been against home schooling because of my non existent level of patience, but being home for almost a month with my 8 old, I’m even MORE against it than I was before. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool to see what lessons I can teach him and what he is capable of learning and going through the process with him, but if I’m gonna keep it all the way real, I can’t wait for him to go back to school! Teachers, I salute you!
- Social distancing is pretty cool, it’s been a much more pleasant experience for those of us that don’t like to be around people that much in the first place. When I do have to go out, the stores are less crowded, and for the first time in life, I don’t feel any FOMO (Fear or Missing Out) since everyone else is in the house too. I’ve been able to attend some really great workshops, talks, and conferences all online, and I’m finding new ways to bond with my friends! So many great things have happened for me because of social distancing. I don’t like being forced to do it (or anything for that matter) but I am learning that I do value a good social distance.
- My biggest lesson that I learned (maybe I always knew this) but in times when it feels like life is really scary and that the world as we know it (yes that’s a little dramatic) for the time being is over, It’s always good to have a little glimmer of hope for what the future holds for us. It’s important to visualize the light at the end of the tunnel or all the good things we’ll be able to do once the world opens back up. So even in all of this craziness focus on all the social gatherings, parties, trips and other fun things we’ll have after this is all over. And think of how much more we will appreciate all that stuff! It’s going to be awesome. So please invite me to all of your cookouts and bbq’s. Even though I don’t like being around people much, I will make the sacrifice for a good cookout.
In the following weeks I’ll update this list to reflect what else I have learned as we move along together through the COVID-19 situation. But in the meantime, keep reading our blogs here at GRLZ Radio for all the great things we are working on just for you!
Till next time…