Hey there. Life got you down? Maybe I can help. See, there's more than one way to get your groove back after your life's been sucked into a spiky hamster ball of pandemonium. Phew...2020...What a kick in the pants. And now what? We're all expecting to just go back to "biz as usual," except...what's normal now? I feel you. Big time.
While writing this, America's social climate is fraught with angst, decision fatigue, and full blown panic. Confusing social mandates abound, and suddenly one's extremely personal decision about when to vaccinate in a country already fraught with medical peril somehow determines our patriotism?! A foundation of insecurity. People need unified answers from experts, yet there is no unity among experts. Period. It looks very much like wrangling kittens while baptizing porcupines from this vantage point.
A woman shrieked at a stranger at decibels I once thought humanly impossible, bringing the maskless shopper to a dead stop. The outraged Karen didn't let up until her targeted "terrorist" abandoned her cart. "I can't wear a mask. I... was assaulted--I just need groceries." She gulped between sobs, backing out empty handed.
My guts fell to my shoes. The Karen's mouth dropped open like a big mouth bass on my brother's trophy wall. She didn't apologize, but I'd donate my south paw if she realized her inner fear oozed all over a person already in deep personal crisis.
Friends, to feel better, let's start by softening the brunt of our freak outs. It helps us relax just enough to safely get through this nightmare by shoring up our inner reserves. Eat right no matter what. Exercise no matter what. Sleep no matter what. Cut out the stimulants no matter what. Find something to be grateful for no matter what. We got this!
This mask story applies to most slippery haps. I knew this victim needed a hug before she split the scene without her purchases. Some form of human support to pull her back into mindfulness. If you ever read this, dear lady, I'm so sorry for your private suffering, and for the circumstance forcing you to leave home during a pandemic to feed yourself--only to feel attacked again, without your groceries in tow. I'm just so supremely sorry.
Questions on everyone's minds: "What's safer? For me? For you? Who matters more now? Why are we choosing?! Stay home to be safe, or get precious sunlight's Vitamin D3 for immunity and a better mood? Will I kill my roomie in my sleep if I fake-smile through one more 24 hour gaming marathon? Gack. That sour foot smell never thins out. Maybe if she just bathed now and then it'd be easier to share this tiny dorm room. Sigh."
We must feel better to be better. Our mental crumbling and societal decay has me twisted with worry. We're teetering on disaster amidst breathtaking vistas, inspiring experiences, and pivotal excursions. I see empathy flowing. I see enemies bonding, and this brings me great hope for our magical species. We harness energy, for cryin out loud! We create. We trouble shoot. We improvise. Most importantly, we adapt. We overcome foibles together. Last I read, Captain James T. Kirk will don a legit spacesuit in his natural lifetime. You go, William Shatner! Good for you!
My way to feel better amidst seemingly impossible odds ALWAYS includes science-based positive psychology. Let's disrupt our lizard brain tactics. Survival is NOT "business as usual." We are better than this.
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