Just a couple of weeks ago I felt overwhelmed by work and life in general. I wished for a few days off, dreamed of doing absolutely nothing.
As a small business owner I had my share of ups and downs, but never thought I would find myself in a situation where I would be forced to close or postpone all my classes, yet I did.
I wrote to all my students, informed them there wouldn’t be any upholstery classes or sewing classes for the rest of March. My wildest guess is this will continue in April, perhaps even in May. To my surprise they understood. They texted, called and sent emails. They all agreed -all but one.
Hi Bridget,I just saw your call. Thank you for emailing. Last night we discussed class next weekend. We would recommend cancelling. Once testing becomes more available we anticipate to see the counts quickly increase. While we are not at high risk we do realize we could transmit the virus to individuals who are at risk. We’re planning to stay at home as much as possible over the next several weeks to limit our exposure. After the virus runs its course, and hopefully the measures local and federal government are taking to dampen the rate of infection, we can discuss a future date to complete the class.
It’s fine with me. We will wait until this all clears up. I just texted you. I agree with your decision. Chat with you at the end of March. Stay well.
Hi Bridget-I could not be mad, and could not agree more that we all need to be safe and smart.Totally get it.I miss seeing you, and our crafty time together, but know that we will get together when the time is right.Please take care,
I have taken on too much work. I have a workroom full of furniture and projects lined up for at least three months. Between taking care of my husband after his surgeries, I was juggling work and classes, dropped a few balls now and then -drove myself nuts worrying.
I wished for a break. I joked that I would once again appreciate a loan from my imaginary time-bank.
Now, just a couple of weeks later, all classes are postponed! It seems like my loan got approved. 20 hrs of extra availability have just been added to my weekly work schedule. By Easter I will be out of the red, will be caught up with all my projects. My customers will be happy, and I will be smiling calmly.
I try not to look further into the future than two months right now. I don’t want to know what the future holds. I don’t want to start worrying about things I cannot change. There will be enough time to start panicking by the end of April. Life as we know it has come to an abrupt halt. We will adjust, we will prevail. The coronavirus will not break us.
While everybody around me is complaining about the self-quarantine and the house arrest all responsible adults have decided to follow, I am whispering ‘Thank you.’
THANK YOU universe for the extra time.
Uncertain times ask for an attitude adjustment. I decided to make the best out of everything this virus will trow at me/us. I will use this time of isolation carefully and will make the best out of it.
I will travel back in time, revisit places I have seen. I will dream of becoming an artist or a poet, will write poems and stories in my mind -and who knows, perhaps some of them will find its way into the virtual world on my block.
I will use my time wisely! I promise!