Thursday, April 2, 2020

One word, three things



Looking back at the last time I posted about my one word for the year, I can hardly believe how much has changed in just one month. My word, "accept", has a whole new meaning now.

Things I (we) have to accept right now:

:: rules. No matter what we think of it, I do believe it's important to follow the rules. I have to believe that our government is trying really hard to save us. Yesterday it was announced that we can only go out for necessary travel (groceries, medicine, etc.) two days a week, based on our car's numberplates. People are already coming up with loopholes to go out more often, so I expect even stricter rules will be coming soon.

:: life will never be the same again. Even if this blows over with relatively few deaths, I'm sure from now on time will be divided in "before Corona" and "after Corona". Some things will go back to normal, other things never will.

:: the unpredictability of this disease. I was dealing with my mother's cancer and my father's lung emphysema. It's hard that they have this, but you know what to expect. But Covid-19... nobody knows exactly what to expect. We're both not feeling well, but we don't have the normal symptoms. No fever, just a bit of coughing and only sneezing now and then. I had an elevated heart rate for a few days, but that could also be stress-related. My ear is playing up again (had a severe infection and a ripped eardrum two years ago) T, also had something with his ear yesterday, but I haven't heard anything about Corona and ears. So maybe it's something else. But then again, maybe not.
Oh well, I try to take care of us as well as I can. There's nothing more I can do. I have to accept that...

linking up with Carole's Three on Thursday

11 comments:

  1. I think a lot of people are alarmed by any symptom right now, but for us, it's allergy season ramping up. So people need to remember that this time of year always brings irritated throats from allergy issues. Keep in mind, for those without pre-existing health conditions 80% have mild to no symptoms. If the at risk population would be isolated and kept safe, the rest of the populace would be able to keep things going.

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    1. We don't have allergy season here, so that's not it. I am mostly convinced that it's something else (stress breaks your health too), but T. does have pre-existing health conditions. Anyway, we'll just have to wait it out...

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  2. You never knew when you selected your word for the year how relevant it would be! Thanks for the encouragement. We all need to give positive thoughts to each other right now. Thanks for sharing yours!

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    1. No. it's weird. I knew it would be fitting for a lot of things, but I never expected this to happen...

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  3. Boy, who ever woulda guessed when you picked that word, Maggie. WOW. That's my Dad's word this year, too (I was so happy he picked one!). It sounds like it's helping you write through some of this. I don't know if it's all Targets here in the States, or what, but my husband heard that a store located in the mountains of CO will not even sell an item that's not essential. So, groceries, toiletries, etc. yes--of course. Picture frames or a new hamper--no. I thought that was wise, because when I was in last week getting a necessary item for my daughter, I watched a woman shop leisurely & carelessly while talking on her phone. I tried hard not to be judgy, but when I saw how she'd filled her cart and how she was browsing/picking up/putting down, I couldn't help but think What would happen if we ALL felt the rules don't apply to us? We have to try. Right? I'm with you, Maggie. As sad as the rules are--there for a good reason. And we must follow. BTW, I knew that sunset pic was yours before I even clicked on it :) Be well, heal from your cold quickly.xo

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    1. Yes, it's wild how this word works out right now. I wasn't really willing to pick it at first, but it's so fitting.
      Sunsets seem to be my theme ;-) I can't stop myself from taking pictures of them...

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  4. I don't have anything new to add, but I just hope that your word will continue to carry you safely through this wild ride of a year!

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    1. I hope so. I'm learning a lot from being mindful about it.

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  5. I agree that life will never be the same again.

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    1. It's sad, but true. Let's just hope something good will come from it too.

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  6. I'm so sorry you weren't feeling well. Hope it was just a cold/allergies... and you're better now. It's a bad time for those allergies! I choked on my own spit (I'm so uncoordinated!) at the grocery store and I thought they were going to evacuate the whole place. Praying you are okay.

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