“It takes a very strong individual to sit with themselves, calm their storms, and heal all of their issues without trying to bring someone else into that chaos.” – @Londrell

We are all on our own journey, and how we navigate that journey, especially during troubled times, is our own choice. Everyone has their own perspective on the pathway forward. There is no right or wrong way, just as long as we make it through to a calmer place. Over the past eight weeks of quarantine, many people have had to deal with loss, fear, regret and scarcity in a way that they never expected nor have had to before. We have lost loved ones, lost jobs, lost projects, lost businesses. We fear for our safety, our health, our families and our livelihoods. We regret not living in the moment before the world took a turn, not engaging with our family and friends because we knew we always could at another time, not appreciating the food that we took for granted because we knew the shelves at the supermarket would always be full, not enjoying the outdoors because we were never forced to stay inside. We have experienced scarcity of food, scarcity of touch, scarcity of companionship and scarcity of a lifestyle that we once though could never change. In retrospect, it all seemed so easy before. Now we are left in chaos.

During this time, there has been much introspection. We have all been forced to calm our storm, to find our healing. We may have chosen to do this as a group, as a family, as a couple or on our own. But however we have managed to get through this, the method is not as important as the result. We will persevere. We will overcome. We will find joy. We will sail in calm seas again. Until that time comes, support each other. Reach out to those who may be in need. Give what you have. Help a neighbor. Or just simply share a smile.Everyone is carrying a burden right now, some more than others. How they choose to carry this burden is up to the individual. But carry on with dignity, with your head held high, with your eyes focused on a better tomorrow. For we are all brothers and sisters, and when we stand together, we stand strong.