This is our new reality. Quarantine life is not for the faint of heart. Although I’m in Maryland, and our Governor issued a stay at home order on March 30th, I’m considered essential. I’m still working in the office. One day a week. I’m teleworking the other four days. Even before our state numbers increased, my manager was keeping our staff very lean. We had less than five people on our locked side of the building. Reducing the risk of exposure. Most days that I’m in it is only me. On Monday it was two of us.
Is our stay at home order working? I don’t know. I don’t think so. Our new case load as of last night was: 6,185 confirmed cases and 138 deaths. The number is ever changing. We are not practicing social distancing. We still have too many employers considered essential. The county that I live in has the most confirmed cases as of now. It’s scary. Combine that with the fact that my county is predominately African American (over 60%) and the realization that our state and all over the U.S. we are seeing a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases being predominately black. Add to the fact that once we get Covid-19 we are at a greater risk to die from Covid-19. It is enough to make you lose your mind.
But, you can’t. You can’t lose your mind. You need to keep it together. What can you do? How are you supposed to be the agent of change? It’s simple…don’t give in to the dark side. You get up. You shower, brush your teeth and get dressed. You eat a well balanced meal. You work (if you can) and you keep moving forward. You take breaks. You go for a walk every day to get your mind and body right. You go to the store rarely but you remember to practice your social distancing.
You don’t stop. You don’t give up. You recognize that it could be worse. You’re thankful for everything and you trust in God. Your faith. You remember that when you thought you were going to die that God kept you. You remember that you have the power to control the negative images and news that you see every day. You disconnect. You find ways to feed your spirit that don’t take what little energy you have left.
You remember to live.
As I do.
One foot in front of the other.
I will breathe.
We will come out of this pandemic stronger than ever before.
I trust in God.
I remember today.
His journey never forgotten.
We can live.
I get up.
I need you to do the same.