“Life, even in the hardest times, is full of moments to savor. They will not
come this way again—NOT IN THIS WAY.” Paula Rinehart
The kitchen calendar made me shake my head. Fear has mounted since the beginning of the year. Much of the last six months, my writing is bundled into short sessions of creativity. I laugh, for this is the first time in a long while; I’m not bound by a regular job. Happiness should be defined by my own schedule. Yet, COVID has changed everything and made me think I need a stronger lifeline.
I rediscovered a list I made (dated March 6, 2010) in a notebook. How ironic, ten years later, this list is still necessary:
- Less clutter
- Focus only on the things that make the most difference
- Less distractedness
- Less on your to-read list, less on your to-watch list, less that you have planned
because you’ve let go of needing to read and watch and do everything that looks
A stronger lifeline, I think, is a review of what was once ideal. I’ve spoken to friends, and NO ONE saw the state of their lives as it is today. NO ONE anticipated the year 2020 being an incomprehensible abyss.
Especially in a time when so many things feel unpredictable, perhaps a sound strategy should be learning to let go of my intense expectations—and instead hold the things I love a bit more loosely. I have them now, and tomorrow may not be what I want, or need.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced me to consider how I can use my resources well. A shifting of global circumstances has encouraged me to see what I already have as enough. Wanting more is more to think about, and my true value is my dear friends and family.
I do believe, not just as a writer, but a person invested in this world; mankind is determined. Nothing can destroy us. Every day people are coming together for a common cause—and that is to BE and STAY ALIVE—all we need is a stronger lifeline.