I think we can all agree that it's been a pretty bonkers week, hasn't it? Coronavirus is basically turning the entire world upside down and it's quite overwhelming watching everything unfold and change day-by-day. Canada has been fairly proactive, travel bans and restrictions are coming into effect this week and a lot of businesses and stores have closed to help flatten the curve. It's wild when you consider how much has changed in less than 7 days.
I don't know about you, but I've felt very very overwhelmed by it all. Most of us have never experienced anything like this in our lifetime and it's hard to get to grips with it, isn't it? Even though most of my work is remote and online, everything has come to a halt. Trips are of course cancelled, prospective projects are cancelled and current projects are postponed indefinitely so the impact has been instant. I usually work from home and set my schedule myself, and even I'm feeling lost right now. So, I can only imagine how you're all feeling if your work is going virtual or work is closing down altogether.
Sigh. What a start to 2020, hey? We all thought this would be our decade yet this is what we've been faced with so far. I mean, the plus side is that it can't go anymore downhill from here (hopefully not, anyway ha) and so when we come out of this - yes, when, not if - things can only improve.
Over the weekend, I found myself falling into a black hole of uncertainty, news that was getting worse by the hour and scary what-ifs, and it's really quite depressing when you go down that rabbit hole. But then, after a run down the seawall and some fresh air, I got my perspective back and reminded myself that right here, right now in this present moment, we're doing okay.
This is a completely unprecedented situation, one that we're all just trying to figure out and adapt to. Unfortunately there is no handbook and everyone's just trying to survive. But I think it's so important that while making sure we're ok, we're also making sure others are too and being kind to one another in all the madness.
And honestly, that's all we can do. Focus on the present and stay as positive and compassionate as possible. Control what we can control. Adapt where we can adapt. So much has changed in a week, we don't know how this will play out especially in the long-term. But equally, that's all the more reason not to waste our energy fretting about the what-ifs and all these hypothetical situations, because we truly have no idea how this will play out.
Governments are implementing measures to help ease the financial strain and it may be that the whole world comes to a halt for a while. But it gives me a tiny amount of comfort knowing that we're all in this together and we're definitely not alone in feeling confused and lost about it all. We all need to play our part, practise social distancing, be sensible with what we buy (i.e. not hoard), think about others and weather this storm together.
Like any situation, there will be silver linings even though it might not feel like it right now. This is a forced break for many (albeit not in the best circumstances), but it's still a time to just slow down. So use that time to your advantage! Read that book you haven't been able to finish. Start that blog. Make up games with your kids. Reorganise the house. Connect (virtually) with old friends. Listen to podcasts. Learn something new. Everyone's situation is different, but we all need to try and make this uncertain time as bearable and positive as possible.
I plan to continue creating content on here and on Instagram and YouTube, because truthfully, that's what I enjoy doing most and hopefully it'll provide some entertainment, comfort and a distraction for you all. I have a few blog posts and videos in the works already, including working from home tips and fashion and beauty videos, and my goal is to try and uplift you guys where I can and bring people together. If there's any content you want to see, even if it's for when this whole crisis is over (such as moving abroad or travel content), let me know and I'll make it happen. I've got time on my hands now after all!
Hope you're all staying healthy and positive, sending love to you all xx