• Jen Gibbs

We've Got A COVID-19!

Updated: Apr 2


The Beginning of Spring Feels Just a Tad Different This Year

Most of the world has changed within just the last month. Can you believe we are still in MARCH?! We were dealing with Bachelor drama aka Peter's mom, Barb, only three weeks ago! Lots have changed since that big finale and I'm not just talking about how Peter has been spotted with Kelley recently (*Shocker*).


A good majority of the world's population has been working with or around the coronavirus for awhile now. Many have chosen to follow the CDC and WHO and self-distance, quarantine and even self-isolate during this period of time. Birthday parties, family vacations, graduations, weddings, funerals, and so many other events are being postponed or canceled in hopes to keep as many people safe as possible.


This... is... hard.


This time is hard for a lot of people. Mark and I have been self-distancing for a while now and we miss our friends! Our travel plans have been cut out. We were supposed to go see one of my favorite podcast crew live in Denver this upcoming weekend (And That's Why We Drink, you should go check them out, they're hilarious and have some great ghost/true crime stories). We were also planning on going to San Diego for my *golden* birthday this year. Our Europe crew was ALSO getting back together to travel to Iceland in May/June. It was a big year to start picking up traveling again.


Alas, God and the universe has something else in mind. Not only for us and our friends but for the world as a whole. We are allowed to grieve our losses. You're allowed to be sad that you can't finish your senior year or you had to move your wedding date. Our big life moments are being taken away. The best intentions are behind these choices and remember that these choices were not made lightly, but that doesn't stop it from hurting.


It's important you grieve. You actually FEEL your feelings so that you can work through them and realize that, yes, life is weird and difficult right now, BUT it won't stay this way forever. You have to work through your emotions because once you work through the hard ones you'll be facing the beautiful ones. The feeling of comfort and safety. The joy that you WILL get to hug your friends again and the excitement for planning your next trip. You'll feel the peace that God and the universe are actually ON YOUR SIDE (because they are) and you'll know that this was all meant for a reason, even if you can't identify that reason yet.


As High School Musical once told us, "We're all in this together."


Right now is a critical point for many in the Midwest. The coasts are drowning with COVID-19 patients and cases. New York medical staff are starting to wear garbage bags for protection because that's all they have. The cases started trickling in from the coasts and many experts suggest that April will be the worst month the world has seen yet. May has the potential to be even worse if we keep going about our lives pretending that nothing is wrong.


This IS NOT a hoax. This IS a big deal.


We all need to do our part and stay home. Stop going out shopping for fun, stop hanging out with friends, stop and think about how your actions may hurt yourself or others around you. If you are not going to work, don't go out in public.


We are so LUCKY to live in a day and age where if I'm missing my friends, I can FaceTime them. Where you can be stocked up on board AND video games. Where if necessary, we can order our groceries online and have them delivered to us. When we limit human interaction as much as possible, we can get through this period faster - together.


But.


We need you. We need your cooperation. This only works if we all make a conscious decision to help others.


Life will be back to normal soon. It will be back to normal sooner if we all collectively start staying home. I know it's hard. If you need a friend to call when you're alone, I'm here to listen. If you're bored and in need of a board game or coloring book I've got your back (from 6 feet away). I'm here to help in any way I can as are so many other people, but we just need your help in return. We need your help to stop this virus.


We CAN do this. We WILL get through this. We're all in this together.


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I want to send some special love and a ginormous THANK YOU to all of the medical staff who are out on the frontlines making hard decisions and openly facing and risking their lives for the sake of helping people. I also want to give a huge thank you to all of our food supply chain workers and grocery store clerks who are also risking their health and safety to bring us the opportunity to still receive plenty of food and cleaning supplies even after a bunch of people panic bought loads of items.


Our lives are quite literally depending on these two groups of people so let's take care of them the best we can, shall we?


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How are you and your household holding up during this pandemic? Are you social distancing or quarantining yourselves? What do you do to help you pass time and fill up the day? I would love to hear your thoughts on what is all going on in the world. You can leave a comment below or shoot me an email at jen.m.rew@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you! My thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this crazy time. I hope you're doing well.


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