It is difficult to begin writing a post when you are at a loss for words. How do you begin writing down what this year has been like, and it is only June? This year has given me a lot of time for contemplation and I simply wish to share my heart.
We started self-quarantining in March. We held our son’s one-year birthday party at our house, then the world started discussing such things as essential and non-essential business, pandemic and that this virus was like nothing that has ever been seen before. As first-time parents, myself in particular, I have been more on the cautious side when it comes to our take on social distancing.
With so much unknown we decided to hunker-down at our house for two weeks just as a precaution. Well, two weeks turned into two more weeks, then it was six weeks and so on. Finally, nearly three months since we last saw our parents and siblings did we reconnect face-to-face. We have been so blessed by God to have a nice roof over our head, running water and electricity, never fearful of where our next meal would come from, but I found myself so sad over those months. I missed human interaction. I missed our loved ones.
We face-timed daily, multiple times if I’m being completely transparent, but that still was not enough. I wanted to sit with my mom and catch up on a new show. I wanted to share a meal with my mother-in-law. I wanted to hug them all.
This quarantine has taught me just how much we are not meant to do life alone. We need to be around those that we love, and love us in return, to be the best version of ourselves. The isolation, even though it was a relatively short time, was truly depressing. My hope and prayer is that I never take another opportunity I am with those I love so dearly for granted. Always get that extra hug at the end of the night. Allow our schedules to rearrange for family meal nights and random Tuesday night get-togethers.
As the world we know continues to change each day, I pray that I remember this unprecedented time in our history. I pray that I always make time for what truly matters. I pray I surround myself with those that make me happy and a better person. I pray to have ears that listen for the positive in this world and not hone in on the negative. I pray that our country engages in community once again and not remaining distant. I pray we love and hope deeper in our Heavenly Father than ever before, as this is the only thing that will heal and make our world whole again.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.