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The world changes in little ways all the time. From new inventions, to new designs for products, to strange weather events, to people stepping foot on the moon for the first time.
These things are either really tiny bits of your daily life, or they're massive black holes of space that have altered reality for you forever.
I know some of them. For me personally, I am one of the youngest generations with memory of the morning of September 11, 2001. I was in fourth grade. My mom pulled my brother and I out of school. I can see it come on the TV mounted up on the far corner of our classroom.
A moment in history seared in memory for so many of us.
I think that is the thing about what is going on here on Earth at the moment. We've hit one of those undeniable turning points in our lives where things are changing so fast that we can barely keep up with the information that is flying at us.
Things are serious. People are serious about this. I don't blame them.
For me, due to the innumerable things getting cancelled and closed in my immediate world, I have pretty much been forced to stay home and do what I can from here. I've gone out to refill the water jugs and been met with what is truly a ghost town. Cars are barely out. If I see people, at least one of them is wearing a mask.
What I've known only from entertainment and fiction has suddenly become something of reality. And it's scary.
People are scared.
None of us have ever seen anything like this in our lives before. With all of the science to back what we know is the cause, and everything we can do to lessen and prevent the spread, I can only be grateful that I live in a world where people know how illnesses are transmitted.
But there's more than this, too. While much of the fear is based on the possibility of dying, I believe that it's also entirely based on the fact that as an entire species, we realize how we truly have such little control over everything in our lives.
Fear and uncontrollable situations go hand in hand in my book. Which is why so many strange things are happening in tandem with the spread of this virus. We are seeing this massive wave of uncertainty and trying to counter it by any means necessary.
Why do you think people are still going about their business even if people around them are getting sick? They have no other way of coping.
And this brings up a truly valid point here. Some people honestly cannot see any way to adapt to this new world. They've grasped so tightly to the old ways, and all new things are so terrifying, that they can't help but to live life like nothing is happening.
But there's something else underlying all of this, too. For every single one of us, especially here in the Western World, rarely do we ever have to face death on such a scale.
We cannot cope with the prospect of death in small doses, even, do you think we have the capabilities to look at every person we've ever come in contact with and imagine them all dying because of a virus? No. It's unfathomable.
But it's out of our control, too.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that instead of focusing on the things that are out of our control right now, we could be focusing on what's in our control. For me, that means doing what I can to write in some of the many projects on my plate. It means thinking about all the good I'm doing by staying indoors and away from people that could transmit something to me that I could unfortunately transmit to someone else.
It also means that I'm in a unique space with an incredible opportunity to focus on something besides my phone for once in my young adult life.
It's difficult, but I also know that it's causing me some discomfort with all of the information I'm being bombarded with, as well. It's healthier for me to take a step back for a time until things calm down.
If you are feeling some anxiety around this whole situation, I suggest taking a step back and avoiding these things that are causing problems for you, too. Not only will you be able to reset into a healthier head space, but you'll also have the chance to process the emotions you are feeling and get to the root of what they are and why they're coming up for you.
Mental health and clarity are key in these troubling times, and I implore you to help yourself.
Stay healthy and well, my friends.
Lexi Mohney is an award-winning, self published author and a book coach living in Ann Arbor, MI. Throughout her writing and coaching career, she's lived by the motto of courage, and worked with her own coaches, groups, and support system to see her Big Audacious Dreams come true so that she can help others achieve success, too. Her first published piece, Carnal Knowledge, won an award at the 7th Annual Bisexual Book Awards in NYC on June 1, 2019. She is in the process of querying agents for her latest novel, Soulkind, which is the first in the Soul Hunter Series. Contact her through her website or find her on social media with any questions.