March 22nd 2020:
“Where, except in uncreated light, can the darkness be drowned?” -C.S. Lewis
It has been ten days since my last post. Being hospitalized took a lot out of me, but I will save all of those details for a future blog post. My body, mind and spirit just needed rest and healing to be completely honest. So here we are, ten days later. If you choose to continue reading this tiny blog from an ER nurse down in little/big San Antonio, Texas, I thank you in advance.
I started this blog with the intention to write every day about my experience during a global pandemic as a 33 year old healthy ER nurse, no kids, living in a one bedroom apartment downtown with her boyfriend and mini golden doodle. Something for myself and potential children/grandchildren to one day look back on. A scrapbook of compiled memories during a moment that would be life changing for not only my beautiful nation, but for the world as well. We will never be quite the same after this, maybe a long time from now that could be a good thing.
Maybe one day in the distant future we will walk outside and inhale the fresh air with feelings of pure gratitude. We will look forward to a handshake with a stranger. A hug with a friend or acquaintance will be a feeling of human touch that we as humans so need and so dearly missed, there will be feeling attached to the human contact of each hug thereafter. Speaking face to face will be a cherished experience, as we have become so accustomed to a constant flood of texts and posts on social media. Let’s be honest White Claw Happy Hour on FaceTime with your besties and your Spotify playlist in the background just isn’t quite as fun as the real deal, but humans are a resilient species so for now we will make do. The first night I get to spend with my closest friends after this will be a memorable one that I will never forget.
The smallest daily tasks that we all took for granted will be seen with deep gratitude through a new, fresh set of eyes. In this short blip of time on the grand scale of time, humans self-quarantining for one month has begun to heal the planet and free the animals. The past weeks we have seen dolphins swimming in the crystal clear canals of Venice, deer roaming streets of Japan, monkeys enjoying the beaches of Thailand, China with historically lower carbon dioxide emissions and clear blue skies for the first time in a long time. Oh how much the earth has healed while we have stayed away. I hope when all of this is over, we will appreciate her more, be kinder to her, take better care of her and ALL of her earthly inhabitants, it is our duty.
Be kind to each other my fellow brothers and sisters, some people may be hanging on by a thread right now and small acts of kindness could be a literal life saver for a lot of us. Take care of your body, mind and spirit. Give love and give thanks as much as you can, our light shines brightest in the darkness. I pray for all of humanity right now. My faith will never be shaken and we will get through this together, united. I love you all, stay safe and Godspeed everyone.
“Wake up sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” -Ephesians 5:14
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -John 1:5
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:16