These are some crazy, crazy times… Mother nature found a cruel way to teach us a lesson and I may legitimately run out of toilet paper.
We are not supposed to be running rampant through stores like an unleashed virus running rampant through the entire world. People are hoarding water, dried pasta noodles, and toilet paper. Things have run off the rails during this COVID19 pandemic and I think humanity forgot what is important.
We need to take care of one another. How? We should just get only what we need and stay at home with our families. For those of us “non-essential” workers (although many could argue that a hairdresser IS essential) we must succumb. Spend time outdoors. Spring clean. Watch movies and stay in. Find the silver lining and actually enjoy the lemonade we must make out of the lemons. If you don’t need to be out or at work, It truly is what is needed for humanity, society and the overall health of the entire world’s communities.
I sat up last night and couldn’t fall asleep thinking about every single ‘what if’ scenario. They were all mostly negative. My mind went down rabbit holes of unpleasant thoughts and I realized I had to rewrite the mental movie I was playing in my head. The one that was playing last night was scary. I believe this anxiety-inducing thought pattern was running because I perhaps have dismissed this virus-like so many others out there as ‘not as bad as they are making it out to be’, or simply telling myself it is not a big deal. Like half of the population with their head in the sand, I say I’m still going to carry on and not let it affect me. I’ll still go to the gym, dammit! I’ll go out and eat and keep on working. I’m fine! We are all going to be fine! I’m going to do what I’m going to do because basically that’s how I live- my own personal motto of *do something a little rebellious every day– a little bit on the edge- beating to my own drum.
But this… THIS is something that I can’t do my way- I can’t ignore or blow off. We’ve been alerted by the government & the CDC the severity of this and in a very untypical fashion for me, I have decided that I really need to follow the rules.
I do always believe in doing the right thing and I uphold high regard for social responsibility. That, in turn, will be the best for my family, myself and my people. Do what is socially responsible. It is the time to be compliant and follow the leader (no matter how much I may disdain him) and in doing so, with social distancing, I will be protecting not only my family but protecting everyone and the ENTIRE world by making the best choices I can surrounding this pandemic.
I know I have made some people mad by postponing meetings or salon classes and have disappointed many clients who can’t get in to get their hair done. And yes, I am upset about the loss of income- its very unsettling. But social responsibility comes with hard decisions and I am 100% buying into the #staythefuckhome movement. It is the right thing to do and by following that, (and washing my hands and using sanitizer, etc…) I can play a movie in my mind at night that isn’t scary or negative. It is one of solidarity, one of ‘family first’ and one for humanity.
Good luck to all who are feeling scared, who are going stir crazy and who have to work or that CAN work. Help people with their kids who are at home because schools have temporarily closed. Say a prayer to those whose livelihoods have been shut down and for those who are maybe isolated from getting the essentials that they need.
#stayhome please, #staythefuckhome
*A subtle Rebellion was the name of my salon + art gallery I had owned for many years that I sold in order to go sail the world. And that verbiage still guides my life. Life is about living and having fun: about breaking the norms, not following everyone else, and being your authentic self. This is what I am promoting across the board in my life. Whether it is hairdressing, eating ice cream, my hobbies, my daily routines of health and fitness, sailing and supporting my family and hubby- even how I relate and raise my kids, well it’s all pretty normal. AND subtly rebellious. I’m going to celebrate that.