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  • Writer's pictureMeghan McGee

What a Time to be Alive

What an interesting time we live in right now. This is definitely one of the most anxiety provoking and uncertain time in our lives. It is strange to think that just weeks ago our lives were so "normal." What exactly does "normal" mean though? For me, I worked at a school so I was getting up every single day at 5:30 am without thought. I would work for 8 hours, go home, maybe exercise, eat dinner and go to bed. Honestly, I like following a schedule. I love knowing what my week looks like and what I have to look forward to. It started to become a lot though, recently. For those of you who don't know, I have struggled with Lyme and autoimmune disease. It takes A LOT for me to be engaged for 8 hours a day + doctors appointments or errands after work. A break from everything was in my wildest dreams, but also extremely necessary.

With all the craziness that is happening in the world right now, I have had to slow down, waaayy down. I'll be honest. I absolutely love being home right now. There's no where to go, no one to see, nothing to miss out on. I've been prepping for this (unintentionally) for the last few years because of chronic illness (more on that later). Plus, being an introvert has come in handy too. My body really needed this. My mind really needed this. Yes, I am fortunate to have a job where I know I will get paid. I know there are so many people out there trying to figure out where their next paycheck will come from. My heart is with all of you <3.

All that aside, I have gotten to really tune into myself. I have listened to my body and slept in, eaten smoothies for dinner and gone on glorious walks in the middle of the day. This is an amazing time to reconnect with yourself. Get quiet. Figure out what you actually want to focus on in your life. Are you in a relationship that is no longer serving you? Are you working for a person you cannot stand? Do you want to move somewhere completely different? Are you in school pursuing something you don't even like? There is no better time than right now to dig deep into what gives you joy. Find what makes you so happy you can't stop smiling.

I encourage you to stop watching the news for at least one day. Put your phone down and disconnect. If you are able to, find a quiet place. Listen to the birds. Listen to the cars or the airplanes flying by. Listen to the silence. Get really quiet and just be. Just be with yourself. You are the only you there is and if you don't take care of you now, will you ever? Will there ever be a "perfect" time to do something other than now? All we have is today, so I encourage you to be still and just listen. This is what I have been needing. This is what earth and everyone on it has been needing. Get quiet. Be present. What a time to be alive.

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