social distancing..a regular weekend for me, lol
Sunday, March 15, 2020
It takes everything not to get caught up in the panic of a nation, doesn't it? Especially when you go to the grocery store and shelf upon shelf has been emptied of its merchandise. People are scared. Maybe being scared will offer protection to some because they will refrain from over-socializing. Maybe being scared will simply keep our world more health conscious when it comes to hand washing and the transmission of germs. That certainly won't be a bad thing. Maybe being scared will encourage millions of families whose young children have no school right now to truly enjoy themselves without constantly being scheduled for one event or the other.
There is real beauty in "being forced" to hunker down. To take a breath.
In the last several days I have felt some true peace. I try hard not to watch television or listen to the radio where all they talk about is the pandemic. It does me no good at all. As someone who has always felt high anxiety even on a good day, even as a child, now I know what serves me and what doesn't and I try hard to protect that. It doesn't make me better informed, to listen... it just makes me jumpy and frightened of my financial and physical future.
My body cannot afford this stress. No one's really can.
So I spend my time doing one of my favorite things: cooking! On warm days I grill turkey and beef burgers and fat slices of red onion and asparagus that gets wrapped in a little bed of foil before it burns. I freeze overripe bananas and unfortunately mealy-tasting organic blueberries for delicious smoothies that really help the sweet tooth that is having a tough time being satiated on my eating plan. I chop tons of onions and peppers so that I can throw them in a skillet with extra virgin olive oil along with a pre-cooked slice of salmon or cod, and I have a quick and delicious dinner. This sort of preparation feeds my soul as much as it does, my body.
Here's to good health, Sparkpeople. Be safe. Find peace in unusual places. We will get through this.