Our world is wrapped in a bubble of uncertainty. The unknown can cause fear, panic, and other emotions that can quickly take us over. Everywhere we turn there is talk of this virus. I have found myself getting to where it takes over my thoughts and I don’t like that at all. Yes, it is important to pay attention and make decisions based on safety. It is just as vital to live, to not let it take over our life.
Driving to work this morning with my mind full of all the recent news stories I was reminded of this quote “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.“. – Albus Dumbledore
Yes, I am a GIANT Harry Potter fan and I find that I come back to this particular quote often. In particular at times that are bleak. With this quote in mind I found some songs I love and started singing on my morning commute. The Greatest Showman has music that makes me sing and smile, so it is a no brainer for me to crank that up. I have to say that the news has been the last thing on my mind this morning. Instead I am in a happy place of song.
What do puffy clouds and sunshine have to do with this? Well, Sunday was my birthday. For the past few years my birthday has been a day of activity with the man who steadies me and brings me joy. This year was somewhat less active as we had to change plans last minute. However, we still had time together and we spent time outside under the sunshine. For days I had felt stress literally weighing on me; my neck and shoulders were knotted with tight muscles. After a day spent enjoying time together, being outside, and just relaxing that weight lifted a bit. The tension was considerably less.
On Wednesday my mom and I went to a local park and spent a few hours outside. We didn’t look at the news. We simply walked in nature and took some photos. At the end of the day I was sunburned and tired, but I felt better in other ways. My stress level was lower and once again the tight muscles were a bit less tight. Out in nature, under bright blue skies filled with puffy clouds and sunshine, I remembered why it is important to get outside.
In this crazy time and in all times, it is important to carve out time to be with those we love and to be outdoors. To set aside the worries and responsibilities. To just be. To laugh. To live.
I encourage you all to take some time to step away from the chaos and just breathe.