Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Covid-19 diary, day 16*

* I declared March 9 as my personal first day of living and working with the virus. Before that I paid only mild attention to it.

I cried twice yesterday. First during my walk with Lily in the morning, because I couldn't stop imagining the worst. A wide variety of what if-scenarios played on a loop in my mind, one more gruesome than the next. I spare you the details; I have a feeling you have your own variation of those thoughts to deal with.

The second time was in the late afternoon when I saw online that Vancouver has created a new tradition: every evening at 7pm, Vancouverites open their windows or step on their balconies to applaud healthcare workers. I get teary-eyed just typing this.
Take a look:


They whistle, bang pots together, use cowbells or their hands to show their appreciation for healthcare workers (and all other frontline workers, I'm sure). How cool is that? I'm very touched by this gesture. Thank you, Vancouver!


Every day is a rollercoaster right now. Yesterday was the perfect representation: first tears of fear, followed by a few hours at home where I hung out with our animals and managed to *almost* forget about it for a while (not quite, but it was in the back of my mind at least), followed by emotional tears of gratitude.


I can't help obsessively checking my work emails from home to stay up-to-date on all the changes that happen several times a day. But I also messaged back and forth with coworkers and friends, some of whom I haven't been in touch with for a while, which was really nice!
As much as we have to be physically separated from each other right now, this pandemic is bringing people closer together in other ways, and that's pretty fantastic. Rich spends even more time than before on the phone, talking daily for hours with friends and family.


This shared experience is creating a solidarity that can only grow from facing a common threat together, and it gives me hope and strength in these difficult times.


All we can do is take it one day at a time. I go outside every day to clear my head, get some fresh air and a few much-needed doses of vitamin D. Watching our animals live their lives like nothing is wrong is the best therapy ever - I will keep posting photos and videos on my Instagram to share their healing powers with you all.




Today is a good day. That's all I am focusing on right now. What tomorrow brings has nothing to do with me today.

I wish you all health, strength and patience! We will get through this.

xoxo Miriam







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2 comments

  1. Oh sweet you. Thank you so much for your service. For your words, your realness, your hope, your love. I am sending you love as we stand in solidarity together. xoxo

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  2. I've been trying really hard to focus on the positives of this entire crazy situation. Our technology allows us to remain in contact with loved ones who are far away. Our Earth is getting a chance to breathe.
    Thank you for your service and your words, Miriam. I so deeply appreciate you.

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