Now that Covid has been a thing for the past 2 years, I sometimes forget what normal life was like. Although to be honest, my life was far from "normal" BC (before Covid).
Living with a chronic illness for the past 5.5 years, it was basically like living in my own personal pandemic. I couldn't go out all that much because I didn't feel well and didn't have the energy to be around other people. I was so nervous about all the "what ifs" that could happen while out in the world. Many people are feeling this today with Covid. Scared of being around people for fear of getting the virus. The world has turned into one big giant "WHAT IF" making people crazed with anxiety.
A very good friend of mine reminded me the other day that we can spend our whole lives wondering "what if", but that doesn't mean that we have to stop living our lives. It's really more about being smart about how we go about being out in this new world.
Personally, Covid has tried to put me back into a shell and I am trying so very hard to break out of it. I did not go through the hardest most challenging time in my life to get sucked back into fear. What I have gone through with my POTS diagnosis has only made me a stronger more resilient person. This is something I continue to work on every single day. I don't know what is going to happen, but what I do know is that when we go through certain things, it strengthens us.
Let's also not forget to mention parenting during Covid. A whole new element of fear for many parents and caregivers. On top of worrying about myself, I am worried about my daughter not only getting the virus, but growing up in today's world where masks are a normal thing. Telling your child not to hug others or other children for fear of getting the virus is so sad. They need human touch and human connection. How do we go from raising children during covid to raising confident less anxious kids in today's world when we ourselves are having so many justified feelings. The answer? take one day at a time. This has always been my motto, especially when feeling anxious.
Covid is like a rollercoaster. We aren't sure when we are going to be getting off of this ride, but we can do our best to stay safe and sane within our own comfort levels. Everyone is going to have different opinions and that's ok. Take comfort in knowing the whole world is going through this together and we don't know what tomorrow will bring (I mean I truly have no idea what the next hour will bring :/), but let's help ourselves out by taking one day at a time.