It’s hard to know what to write about right now. Everything feels uncertain and we are all struggling to find new routines, a new normal for our lives. I’ve been managing to avoid the majority of the main stream news and the hysteria contained therein, but I’ve stayed informed enough to know that these are serious times that we are living in and life will most likely look very different even once we are past the worst.

For me, the important thing to remember is that time always moves forward. While the future may seem uncertain these days, there is one thing that can be relied on: the future will come, one way or another. In the wonderful words of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, besides the will of evil.”

So what are you doing with your time?

As all of our regular routines have mostly been thrown out the window, now might be the best time to make some adjustments, set some goals, and try to make sure you have the right things prioritized. Let this be a time of rejuvenation in your life. Read some good books, learn to cook some new meals, reconnect with the important people in your life (we could all use some extra love and support right now). What have you been wanting to add to your life but never had the time for before? I recommend checking out Gretchen Rubin’s book Better Than Before if you want to learn more about establishing and strengthening habits in your life.

I’ll admit, as an introvert, I have kind of been thriving these past two weeks. Of course, I go through cycles of depression, getting freaked out by the news, and missing actual human interaction. But my writing has been going great, my eating habits have been healthier since I’ve been cooking every day, and I’ve been tackling some long over-due projects around the house. I’m making serious headway on my novel for the first time in months, and I finally finished reading a book that I started way back in October (James Michner’s The Source, 1088 pages). I’m definitely trying to make the best use of this time that I can, and hopefully when things return to a more normal routine (and they will) I can keep up some of these practices.

I would also like to make a special point that it’s important to check in with your friends and family right now. It’s an incredibly stressful time for all of us, and we are all going to be dealing with it in different ways, but none of us should be dealing with it alone. I might be an introvert, and for the most part don’t mind spending so much time at home, but I have still been very grateful to the extroverts in my life for keeping me connected, forcing me to video chat, and generally reminding me that the world is still out there. Text or call people, ask them how they are doing, share how you are doing, laugh or cry as necessary.

So, how are you coping with everything right now? Have you noticed any good benefits in your life? Is there anything you want to take advantage of?

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