What if there is no easy answers? What if we have no idea what tomorrow will bring? What if as each day is just like the day before, we still have no idea what the future will bring? How do we plan? How do we accept not knowing? How do we move forward and not stay stuck in limbo?
Why are there so many questions and not enough answers?
What if it is easier to ask the questions than answer them?
When will this happen?
When will that happen?
On and on it goes with no clear cut answers. No answers that you like. No answers that make things easier. No answer that doesn’t lead to another question.
What if I tell you that it won’t always be like this? What if I tell you that even in the best of times that tomorrow was never promised? That plans fall through. That life is more complicated and much simpler than we every realized. That even when you make plans, sometimes plans change. Sometimes things that you never thought would happen…. happen. Things that you only dream of….. happen.
Right now so many of us feel in limbo. We miss people that we now have to be “socially” distant from which really just means physically distant. Do you even remember the last person not in your home that you gave a hug to before this all started? Have you thought about how good it will be to give that person a hug when this is all over? I, honestly, can’t remember the last person that I hugged and that makes me sad. Althugh I believe it would have been either my mother or my friend, Jen; but I’m not sure. It was such a normal thing that at the time I might not have given it a second thought.
Second thoughts are the problem now. Second, third…. a million. We are all searching for answers but right now there are no answers. That is hard for so many reasons. How do you plan for the future when you don’t know. So many things that we took for granted before are now gone. A hug goodbye. The ability to pop in on a friend. The knowing that even if plans had to change that the world didn’t. As hard as some people want to put this pandemic behind us, it is here in our lives for a while. We have no choice but to give up the reigns and that is a hard pill to swallow.
Right now many people are planning for fall races. I was asked if I wanted to be part of the Sandy Hook Promise Team and as much as I support their cause…….as much as I like to plan….. as much as I want to; I just don’t think I can for several reasons but I go back and forth.
My first thought really is how much harder this year it would be to fundraise. People are hurting and many disposable income is gone. Businesses that have been very supportive in the past are doing all they can to survive now. While these last 2 years I have had great success with my fundraising and had expected to do it again this year, I just can’t see how that would be possible. It bothers me too because I think Sandy Hook Promise mission is worthy of all of our support.
On top of that honestly, I know so many runners are holding out hope of fall races but I don’t see how that can happen. How in a matter of months can NYC expect to host an event with 50,000 runners and their supporters. It seems like a foreign thought to me. For those holding out hope, I hope I’m wrong. It will be a strange November without a NYC Marathon but I’m sure the people of Boston felt the same way.
It is hard to plan for the future when the future is so uncertain. For me, that means just doing the things that I can do daily to make my life seem like I am not a house plant.
Exercise Daily – Check
Shower Daily – Usually
Daily walk – Usually
Try not to eat all the chocolate – I’m trying
For me…. Making a conscience effort not to plan is my plan. I would love to plan for a fall race, but I just don’t see how that can be. I would rather let that go now as, for me, that is what I need to do. This is not to say that I am giving up planning and doing. I am just going to plan and do things that are in my control. Right now I am in the process of deciding weather I want to run the NJ Parkway (172.4 miles) or the NJ Turnpike (117.2 miles) – Virtually, of course. There is an online challenge where you are in control from running the distance of the boardwalk (28 miles) to going as far as taking the Jersey Devil challenge (579 miles). These distances will be run starting May 15 through July 15th. Mile wise I’m leaning towards the Turnpike but I’m more of a Parkway girl, so I have not figured it out yet. That will be something I control.
So, for me, when the world is our of my control; I will take the control back where I can. How I can.
What are you doing to stay in control?