We are all settling into our new normal. School at home. Work at home. Eat at home. Stay home. Don’t go anywhere. Home. Home. Home.
Even with that, I will be the first to say that I am in a very lucky situation. My husband has a job where he was able to immediately work from home. While he took over my computer/office area, I’ll take it. My kids are old enough and self sufficient enough that the only help I give them on “school days” is waking up to get online. While I temporarily lost my job as a Preschool Gymnastics teacher, this was extra family income to pay for activities we no longer are able to do while staying at home. So I know that I am lucky beyond belief.
On top of that, my kids are all home even my college age son. While I’m not sure he is as happy to be on Stay at Home time as me, I readily admit that it eases anxiety having them all under the same roof with me.
All that being said, I know that not everyone is in the same boat as I am. I have friends who have lost their jobs. I have friends worried about their jobs. I have friends doing their jobs while also now having to help their children with their school work. I have friends who are working in the hospitals treating the sick. These are some scary times and if your not scared or worried about something, you must be more zen than most of the world.
On top of all of that just about everyone is scrambling to find everyday staples of life. I feel like the hunter/gatherer of the family. While my husband works, I look for online shopping slots, alternative ways (farm boxes), and when need be go to the store to get supplies.
This is the new normal.
This is a temporary normal.
But for now this is normal.
We are in this together which is why when the CDC recommended wearing masks, I accepted it. There are many who don’t.
I went out for 8 miles last week. My timing was off, so I was out mid day. It was warm when I ran, but I still wore my buff to cover my mouth. I was not only in the minority, I was one of only 4 people that day wearing one. One person was driving in a car, so they might not even count. Now, not everyone I saw was running. Many were families out walking/biking but everyone was out trying to enjoy the day. I avoided all crossing streets when needed, changing route, and going out of my way to social distance from everyone.
As I said, it is not just the running community questioning the use of face masks but the population as a whole. In the running community there are many opinions. Many reasons why to wear. Many reasons why not to. It is up for debate. Some feel that since they are solo running it isn’t necessary. In my state all parks are now closed because they were jammed pack like the beach of fourth of July. Even if you were trying to socially distance, you just couldn’t. So it made sense to close them while many also don’t agree with that either.
Here is my take……. There is a lot we don’t know about Coronavirus. A lot. What we do know is that it is contagious. We also know that you could feel fine, but have it and spread it without even knowing it. By the time you know your sick (if you ever do), you have already been contagious and able to spread it. So the wearing of the masks seems like a good idea. I wear my mask to protect you. You wear yours to protect me. It’s part of being in a community.
So if you see me out there running (which I admit I need to do more of), I will be wearing a buff, a bandanna, something. I hope you are too.