So, what a world, am I right? It seems as if overnight, everything we've known has been upended. The social structures that we've depended upon have gone up in smoke. We are isolated, in fear for our health, our economic stability, and the trustworthiness of the people who are supposed to protect us, support us and keep us safe. We don't know if things will ever be the same again. We are anxious and depressed and have no idea what the future will bring.
I have been startled by this global pandemic, not because I was stunned and unprepared for this radical shift, but because suddenly, everyone in the world is living the life I've been dealing with for the last five years (at least.) Anyone who knows me from my past, whether five years ago, fifteen years ago or thirty, knows that I've disappeared from public life in many ways. And that's because my own life took some personal radical shifts that left me in this state of apocalypse. I am just now beginning to come out of it, and was looking forward to reentering the world when the pandemic and quarantine happened.
I find myself actually doing better in this apocalypse than most, and there is a reason for it. It's because I've been living here for a while now, and have learned coping strategies, and have begun to rebuild my life from the ashes of the old. I've already dealt with the shock and trauma of the world being destroyed, and have begun healing. In some very literal ways as well as metaphorical ones. The stress from my tumultuous life and ensuing PTSD, then a bout of Epstein Barr, then more stress, then a summer of Attack of the Killer Mold caused a case of debilitating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, only recently diagnosed as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis-- and the medical element has a part in this new crisis, so I wanted to clarify it.
As a person who has BTDT with major life apocalypses, (I like to call it apocalypsapalooza,) I wanted to offer a few tips on how to cope. I'm going to keep it short and simple, because it is easy to get overwhelmed in times like these. And because I can't do anything else but take things in small steps because of my circumstances.There's your first tip. Do not make big moves when you are overwhelmed. Move in baby steps. Okay, But moving on to my list.
If this helped you or you'd like to hear more about coping in the apocalypse-- I mean pandemic then buy me a ko-fi and encourage me to keep writing my advice and essays and ruminations and sharing them with you here.
Wonderer, wanderer, warrior. Been around for a while. Got some stuff going on. Should probably get back to blogging. I mean....I didn't go away, I was just talking about science fiction for a while.