It’s hard to know what to do when you are overwhelmed by stress and fear and an uncertain future. I know many people are struggling emotionally, physically, financially. It’s an unprecedented situation and I’m flailing with the rest of you.
Here in Australia it feels like the end of times: Bushfires, floods, and now pestilence. Just, WTeverlovingF?!!
We are behind the curve on the spread of coronavirus/covid-19 in Australia, but our case trajectory is following a similar path to every other country. Theoretically it should be easier to manage: No shared borders, spread out population, good health care. But no. Apparently not.
I can’t say anything that is going to be helpful. Folks who are much smarter and more experienced have shared a million pieces of advice.
At the risk of adding to the annoying platitudes that are floating around out there, I’m going to say this:
Be kind, look after yourself and your loved ones, take joy where you find it, and give your mind and heart a rest if you can.
I see artists and writers and creatives saying that they feel as if now is not the time to be doing these ‘trivial’ things, that it feels wrong when the world is rightfully consumed with bigger things. But it’s not trivial.
Art and beauty is important in times of struggle. So is laughter and any and all kinds of pleasure. You are allowed to have those moments.
So if you are creating something beautiful, please keep doing it and sharing it. If you are enjoying something wonderful, hang onto those moments of happiness, and share them also. Listen to music you love, read books you enjoy, watch movies that make you laugh, spend time with those who make you happy (virtually if you have to), find positive and joyful moments and hang onto them. Easier said than done I know.
And while I’m here, a huge shout out and thank you to everyone doing essential jobs: Not just health care professionals (but absolutely all of them, literally risking their lives and those of their loved ones to help others!), but also the folks without whom everything would grind to a halt. People who do all the important jobs that keep everything running both on the ground and behind the scenes: the supermarket customer service folks, postal workers, delivery people, warehouse workers, truckers, factory workers, farmers, garbage collectors, tech folks, social service support, those working on our essential services. I hope people are showing you the appreciation you deserve. Thank you!
What I can do for you in this little corner of the world is write more, though I’m finding it challenging. Like you, my head is full and it feels a little like I’m treading water. I’m going to try, though. Just to, you know, put some pieces of femdom content here on the blog like everything is normal. Of course no dating adventures because who the hell is dating right now?!. Though on that, I did get back on Collarspace for a hot minute and I can write about that…
I’m trying to post only good things on my twitter: Silliness and cooking adventures and sweetness and beauty. Just… uplifting little snippets, small moments of distraction and happies. It’s not denial, it’s respite and escape. For me as much as for anyone who follows me.
I’m going to leave you with this because “Hazel… Hazel… excuse me Hazel” is just about the best :).
Oh and and… there are various kinds of wonderful live feeds all over the place that are so very good and life affirming (nature! puppies! penguins! eagle nests! water holes! sheep (that makes me laugh)! fish! etc). Here’s one source, but there are many many of them, and they are glorious. Go take a look.
If you have links to your art, your writing, your videos, or just ‘stuff you found that’s awesome’, please share in the comments.
Please take care of you and yours.
With love, Ferns