It’s not about me

It’s been almost four weeks. Four weeks of no activities, four weeks of very little contact, four weeks of staying at home. It’s been almost four weeks, and If I’m being completely honest, I woke up today tired of it.   I miss my daily walking route, and the neighbors I see along the way. I actually miss driving carpools to and from kids activities. I miss work, my friends, the groups I’m in, and the people I do life with. Sure I can call them, have Zoom parties, and even continue to share stories with them. But if I am being totally honest, I’m getting anxious and tired. Sometimes I’m sad, I feel a sense of loss, and sometimes I’m just bored. And today is one of those days. So this morning as I geared up for another day of online school, zoom meetings, social distance hellos and all the other new norms we have come to expect, I am reminded of one main thing. This is not about me. This staying at home thing, it’s not about me at all. In fact this is maybe one of the most selfless things I’ve been asked to do. I am staying home, to help others. I am staying home to reduce spread, I am staying home so doctors and nurses can do their job well. So I encourage you to be reminded today of what you are doing. In a self serving, fast paced, follow your dreams culture, this feels difficult. It’s not. It’s the least we can do. So to all of you, to all of us, I say Good Job and keep it up! When you feel down or even confused, remind yourself this is not about you! This is about helping others. This is about being in it together. We are all on the same team, and your team needs you to do your part. So use whatever cheer you like , “go get it em”, “you got this”, “you can do it’. Whatever motivates you and inspires you. But mostly whatever reminds you, it’s not about you, it’s about everyone else. Because at the end of the day we are one team and it’s a team I’m proud and thankful to be on.

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