They say the years are short but the days are long?
Or the hours are long but the days are short?
Whatever they say, these days, its all long.
The minutes run into hours, the hours run into days, and the days are running into weeks. Quickly, this quarantine is getting longer than any of us probably ever expected in the beginning.
While many of us are facing things head on, working the front lines – some of us have been left temporarily unemployed, or working from home.
We are confined to our houses with our families and in the case of those with children, we’ve moved on from being their parents – to also being their teachers.
In some cases this now means balancing working from home, while teaching our children at the same time.
Finding a balance can be tricky.
One might think that with all of this extra time at home, we’d have more time to ourselves. And while maybe some of us are finding that, some of us might still be struggling to carve a few minutes of self care during these long days.
Cutting out the commute, the various trips to the store, errands, visits with friends, work, school, meetings – all of it all of a sudden gone or taking place from the comfort of our homes. We should have more time.
Time to spend with our families. Time to spend with ourselves.
Its a time to work on our hobbies or find some.
Take up yoga or meditation – work out from home.
Work on our cooking skills and read some books.
So what are we doing with our spare time?
Maybe we have worked on that list. Worked on ourselves and gotten to know those that we live with better.
Maybe we’ve found more time for the TV and have caught up on all of those episodes or tv series we have kept putting off.
Maybe we’re struggling to get accustomed to shifting our entire lives to our home base. Working. Living. Teaching. All of it under one roof.
Maybe we miss the space and getting out and being part of the crowd.
Whatever happens during these uncertain times, our actions and how we react during a pandemic is what really matters.
It doesn’t matter if we perfect the art of sourdough, find ourselves while taking our yoga game to the next level.
We don’t have to take a crash course in teaching and become the perfect home schooling parent.
Meals don’t have to be gourmet and its ok for that book to remain on the shelf.
What matters is that unless we’re an essential service – we stayed home.
We practice social distancing and we only embrace those that we share a roof with while sending love to others by message, phone, or video calls.
By staying home we will help to do our part to flatten the curve.
We’re helping those that have to be on the front line by limiting the weight on their shoulders and helping to control the risk of spreading the virus.
We don’t have to be changed people when this is all over – while at the same time, this may be a good opportunity to learn what we truly appreciate or take for granted.
Whether we come out stronger, more read, better cooks, more flexible, better aligned, deeper relationships, more patient with others, or just the same as we were when this all started.
There doesn’t always have to be an end goal. Your goal can simply be to make it out alive.
And thats ok.
The sooner we band together, suck it up, and stay at home – the sooner we can return to the stores, return to our friends and family and return to life as we knew it.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.