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Sunday, August 15, 2021

The Sunday Update 24: Delta

The past week has been crazy...I don't know how best to describe it really. So much has happened and yet I feel like the week passed me by with me not even realizing it. I felt like a viewer of my life last week, like I was in it but not quite -- you know what I mean? Like I said, it was crazy.

First off: Delta. As many people in the country are aware, we are under another lockdown. I worked from home for three days last week because we had a skeletal schedule at the office to prevent the spread of the virus. Everyone is on edge because three employees have been quarantined the week before. After all, they were close contacts of positive patients and another actually tested positive. It was so scary to think of how dangerous these times are when I was talking to our positive officemate on the phone. She thought she would never go home alive. Thankfully, she was discharged from the hospital today to recover at home.

Getting work done is a challenge because a couple of people are on sick leave and I have to pick up the slack of two people AND do my own job.  I'm just grateful that I can work from home on some days, to lessen the stress and paranoia. There have been days when I felt like I was on autopilot while working because I felt like having (and acknowledging) actual feelings about all this is making my anxiety worse. It doesn't help that there is now news that the Lambda variant, which is said to be vaccine-resistant, is already in the country. Any sort of safety I felt about being vaccinated disappeared when I read that news update online. I wish I could get a booster shot but given that they haven't even finished vaccination on the entire population, I doubt we will get around to booster shots anytime soon. 

Then, of course, there was the earthquake that happened in the middle of the night. It feels like we've had more than a handful of strong quakes this year. That is way too many than normal. While I am grateful that it has not even come close to some of the stronger ones from the past, it still makes me worry whenever I feel a little rumble from the ground. Even the rumble from large vehicles passing by our street makes my heart jump a little in fear that it could be another quake. 

Now that I've gotten the negatives out of the way, let me share some of the positives from the past week. My mother got her second dose of the vaccine (Astra Zeneca). That is one less person to worry about in the family. While Lambda is still of concern, I'm glad she has some protection at the very least. Now I only have the young ones to worry about. My nephews and nieces are still not on the schedule to be vaccinated, so I am still concerned about their safety and health.

Meditation and exercise have been positive things for me these past few weeks. As I mentioned in a previous post, I had been feeling down and depressed lately, and I decided to try meditation as well as regular exercise to help me to feel better. While exercise is something I was already doing before, taking things up a notch helped me to release any stress I was feeling. It is such a relief to find a means to get that tension out of me daily. It was an added bonus that I am feeling healthier (and lighter) too.  

Meditation, on the other hand, has helped me to find a more positive outlook on life. It has helped me to learn to love myself more and to see the importance of slowing down and taking the time to give myself positive affirmations to help get me through the day. 

I also mentioned that I had recently become a fan of BTS. I liked them before but I can only say that I became a true fan recently. Their shows and their music has helped me to laugh and feel better these days -- I even use their music to work out! These guys have filled my life with positivity these days and I feel better because of it. They have even helped me out of my creative rut. The romance novel I have been drafting, writing, and procrastinating about suddenly had a new scene/chapter all because of the BTS song Let Go. I'll share that chapter on this blog soon (after I get my friends to check it out).  Another scene was inspired by yet another one of their songs, but I will share more about that in another post. 

Here is the song that inspired me to write again:

How has your past week been? I hope that it was better than mine. I hope that despite the gloomy outlook globally due to this pandemic we can have a better one this week! Until next time, take care, everyone! Wear a mask, social distance, and stay safe!


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