Present in the time of Covid (Damn, I am really starting to HATE that word!)

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend. My “baby” is headed home for a week and I’m excited for some girl time with her like it or not.

I have seen so many parents, this year, who have had to bite the bullet and send their children off to college for the first time during a global pandemic. While it momentarily reminds me that I am not alone in my fears, my heart breaks every time I learn of another because I know exactly how they must be feeling.

I think a lot about the fact that no one could have foreseen any of this and how the world would be during the time our young adults are needing to make further future and independent plans for themselves. Then I realize that no one can really foresee anything ever. Least of all something so large a scale that it is affecting everyone, and isn’t just something happening in your own house. Which is usually the only meter that we can really follow.

If I were to able to really oversimplify this outbreak, which I probably can’t, and what it has done to the world, it would be that I now remind myself every day to be present in the moment and grateful for the now.

You hear so often how quickly things can be taken from you, how fast life can change with the unexpected, and in the blink of an eye you can lose a loved one, etc. So we have to remember to appreciate out loud, be grateful for what we have rather than envious of what we don’t, vocalize your love for each other, stop being petty, say Thank You, be gracious, and be kinder than necessary.

Be present. Forgive yourself and move forward.

Because you just never know when your life will be turned upside down. If you aren’t living with presence and with love and hope in your heart then this will all be time wasted and that is a burden I wish on no one. Forever is promised to nobody.

This weekend my daughter and I will reminisce, we will laugh and we will cry. We will embrace painful memories as well as joyful ones. We will be grateful for what we have rather than feel sadness for what we have lost and what will never be. We will celebrate the happiness we got to experience as well as look forward to the happiness of the future all in this uncertain world of the present.

Please take care of each other. We are all counting on it!


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