Business not as usual
It’s hard to believe that just 10 days ago we were still driving into the office every morning, grabbing lattes and complaining about the french fries being left off of our lunch order.
And now here we are, cocooned inside our homes with our people or our pets or maybe just ourselves, plus the neverending stress from the ever-changing rules and not knowing when and how this will end or what the world will look like when we finally emerge.
We are grateful to have work and grateful that it is work we can do from home. Grateful for virtual wine dates and free online concerts and for our fur babies who still think chasing a ball is all you really need to be happy.
We are also lonely and anxious and missing out on a lot. We are worried about our health and our families and our sanity and about what will happen when the TP finally runs out (sidenote: sales of bidet attachments are 10 times what they were pre-coronavirus).
Along with the gratitude and fear, there is also joy. We are finding things that make us laugh and let us forget for a moment what’s happening in the world.
Here is the tribe’s list of what’s making the days hard and what’s helping us make it through.
Rose: More walks with my dog, Frankie. It’s nice to put some music on and go for a stroll around the neighborhood. Everyone is especially friendly and I’m meeting a ton of neighbors (from our respective sides of the street, of course), giving me a great sense of community.
Thorn: It can be especially lonely for someone who lives alone during this time of social distancing. Daily facetime sessions with friends and family are helping me get by.
Rose: I’ve been enjoying the extra time to be quiet in my thoughts. Slowing down and “doing nothing” sometimes is a great thing. Despite what may seem like a hard time, I think we can all be thankful for this opportunity the universe is giving us to be still.
Thorn: I didn’t get to see my nephew born. I had things canceled that I was looking forward to. I can’t see my parents or my friends. I have had moments of fear where I’m concerned for the state of our economy and country. The future is very unclear and that’s an uncomfortable thought.
Rose: Connecting with friends whom I haven’t spoken to in years over virtual wine dates, sunshine and birdsong, and homebrewed iced coffee.
Thorn: Hanging out with my friends and being in a room full of strangers, hearing the chatter and feeling the energy. I’m also sick of being in the same few spaces endlessly.
Rose: Being able to ride my bike through the neighborhoods around my apartment and seeing other families also outside enjoying the outdoors. It reminds me of a much simpler time.
Thorn: I sadly had to cancel/postpone my wedding. Not only was it an incredibly hard decision, but we also lost thousands of dollars. However, everyone’s safety is more important, and we’re looking forward to celebrating in 2021. What’s 10 more months of waiting?
Rose: Feeling like I outsmarted the apocalyptic toilet paper hoarders, who I assume are the same people that toilet papered people’s yards on Halloween, by ordering a Bidet.
Thorn: Not splurging for the warm water option on the Bidet.
Rose: Slowing down and taking much-needed time for friends, family and newfound creative outlets. Plus, baking things that make my apartment smell amazing, like cookies and bread.
Thorn: My partner and I planned a big move to Australia in April to be closer to his family. We had to postpone, which was sad for both of us. On the bright side, we procrastinated big time, so we still have our couch, TV and houseplants (the important things).
Rose: So, on the bright side, my neighborhood started social distancing dance parties. We’ve met neighbors we never did before and learned that none of us are good at dancing.
Thorn: On the not-so-bright-side, watching the businesses we love in the neighborhood (and beyond) struggling is awful. Needless to say, everyone is getting a gift card to a local restaurant for birthdays/holidays for future use.
Rose: I’m really enjoying the camaraderie with clients, creatives, and the community to hustle problem-solving. Nothing like a good pandemic to bring people closer together… while being apart (I felt I needed a bad mom joke).
Thorn: I’ve been talking about a staycation of sorts for months, I just didn’t think that it would force everyone into isolation to make it happen. I’m missing face-to-face time with my team the most–but everyone is really thriving and going above and beyond to pull it all together daily.
Rose: It’s comforting to see that in a time that seems very self-driven, we can still all come together for a common good, even though it’s a dramatic pause on all of our lives.
Thorn: As a college senior, it’s hard to realize that I was unaware of my “lasts” as they happened. Last class, last walk across campus, last time seeing my friends together. My parents may not see me walk the stage at graduation. I wish I’d lived in the present rather than wishing that time away.
Rose: How communities and businesses have pulled together. There’s a stronger sense of community that brings a lot of hope to a frustrating and scary situation. I’m finding new ways to connect with friends and family, like Jackbox games that you can play virtually across time zones.
Thorn: The not-knowing. Not knowing when we can stop social distancing, not knowing if my partner will still have a job next week (he’s in the restaurant industry), not knowing when I might be able to see my family again. There’s no telling where (or when) the pieces will end up falling.
Rose: I’m using this time as a learning tool for my young children to become more compassionate and understanding of the situation and the consequences for the world.
Thorn: Homeschooling. I can only answer about ¾ of the school questions that they need help with (that fraction was the extent of my math expertise). I’m a terrible teacher. Can I fire myself?
Here’s to all of us keeping the faith, keeping it together and keeping it real.