Things . . . are . . . crazy.
I don’t know if you’re like me and feel sort of stuck in this weird “don’t panic” and “you’re not panicking enough” limbo, but that’s where I am. With everything that’s been going on, I hope everyone is doing all right, washing their hands, and social distancing when possible. I have immediate family members who fall within that very high-risk category and being asthmatic myself, I’m taking a few extra precautions. Still, I’m more focused on making sure I do my part to make sure no one gets sick because of me and has to face the reality of losing a loved one. You all are like my extended family. We’ll only get through this one way, and that’s together.
I know episodes of the “The Darkest Knight” usually drop on Mondays; however, this week, I’ll need to push back your GioMo fix to Friday. This will give me time to finish The Shadow. Right now, we need art to help us get through, and I want to make sure you all have creative content to consume. But, I’m also in the same boat as many of you who are now having to tap into our grandmothers’ and great-grandmothers’ genes when it comes to making ends meet!
It’s been an adjustment period. There are those of us with anxiety and/or depression, and even those who, for the first time, might be experiencing feelings of panic, hopelessness, and despair. Don’t forget that these are circumstances many of us have never seen, and things will get worse before they get better. Be kind to yourselves during this period. We are only human. Lean on virtual relationships, open your curtains, and be courageous enough to be vulnerable. Allow yourself to feel angry and then peel back the layers of that anger to determine how to adjust going forward. When you find yourself wanting to give yourself a hard time, think about how those words would sound if you used them on a loved one.
Like I said, we can only get through this together. I will do my best to give you all something to take you away from reality, even for a little bit, over these next few weeks/months. Know that, behind this computer screen, I’m confused and anxious and have days where writing just isn’t on the docket. And there are also days where I have to avoid tying down my father because he won’t keep his a$$ in the house.
I’m in this with you.