Staying Sane During a Pandemic

Hands using a hand pump of hand sanitizer
Staying Sane During a Pandemic

We’re midway through March, and WOW has it been a crazy month! The Corona Virus pandemic has everyone worried. I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but here in Austin, schools have extended spring break, companies are telling their employees to work from home, toilet paper is a top commodity and nowhere to be found, and even churches have shut their doors opting instead to stream service online. South-by-Southwest festival has been cancelled, along with many other events that are important to both local businesses and local, independent artists. All I can say is that its a weird time to be alive. Right?

The worst part, for me at least, is that I don’t feel like I have been given clear guidelines on what the heck to do. Besides wash my hands, and avoid large public places… am I supposed to quarantine my family and myself at home? What about birthday parties? Playdates? Having friends over for dinner? What’s safe and what isn’t? What’s wise and what is a foolish risk? I just don’t know… I don’t want to give into fear but I don’t want to play the fool either. It’s a tricky balance without a lot of guidance either way. In the meantime, my family is washing our hands like crazy and trying to figure out the best way for my husband to work from home without being too distracted by the kiddos. Again, this is just a strange, strange place to be. But regardless, I’m plugging away (albeit slowly) at making my art. I’m trying to take advantage of this season of diminished social time to be productive. Its a silver lining, if you will, to all this craziness caused by the pandemic. Along with making the most of this time, I am also trying to remember that God is in control, so I don’t have to panic. Indeed, my mantra is for this week is:

1. Don’t Panic!

2. Trust God.

3. Make art.

In that order. Oh, and also pray, A LOT. If anything, this pandemic is a not-so-subtle reminder to be that God is in control and I am not. But I can control where I place my hope and my trust, and I think putting it in the all-powerful, all-loving Creator of the Universe is a pretty safe bet. After that, making art just makes me feel good too.

What are you doing to stay sane during these crazy times in which we are living in?

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