Amidst this pandemic I thought I would give a little insight into how Zack and I are doing. I am wondering how all of you are doing as well! Please leave a comment down below to let me know.
Zack and I have been quarantined at home because of Covid-19, partly by choice and partly due to our jobs becoming remote work for the time being. We are fairly solitary creatures, so in the beginning this situation was fine for both of us, however I have definitely felt the lonliness in the last two weeks.
We started out fine by coding, gaming, reading, baking, etc. Basically doing all the things we love to do at home, catching up on projects we haven’t been able to get to (like fixing our couch), or most importantly working. Honestly I have been putting more hours into work than I should be which is odd considering I am at home. Overall, we have been coming up with too much to do in order to be bored, but I certainly have felt lonely.
I am a homebody and family oriented individual. This whole not seeing my parents, in-laws, or other family members is driving me crazy. While google duo, zoom, and having my husband is great, I really miss the in person interactions or simply watching a television show in silence together.
I also miss going to work. I work remotely part-time and am a youth minister at my parish. The social interactions with my co-workers and students has been sorely missed. Overall, the subtle social in-person interactions that usually fulfill socialization needs is gone at the moment, and I am really missing them.
Why am I telling all of you this? To let you know it is okay to feel lonely and you are not the only one. Even if you have a house full of people or just a bunny and a husband, it’s okay to feel like you are alone; just like it is okay to feel bored and done with it. I encourage you to try and sit in the loneliness though. That’s what I have been attempting to do. Prayer, meditation, and music have been my constant companions in loneliness. Sometimes just sitting in the silence is okay (even if you go stir crazy for a bit). There is actually beauty in silence and being alone. Try to find it. It might just make you feel a little bit better.
Take some time and think of how you have been feeling theses last few weeks and leave a comment down below. I would love to hear your thoughts, struggles and triumphs during these crazy times.
Peace, love, and my prayers for you,
The Soaring Magpie
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”Maya Angelou