What is Normal?

It’s mid-July and I can’t believe we’re still here.

It seems like every day, I keep saying to myself and others around me (just Tony really), “I don’t know anymore.” We closed down from March to June. We opened back up for six (6) weeks. And we closed just shortly after 4th of July.

Here we are. When will we ever get back to normal?

What is “normal?”

You and I both know there was so much going on during this Pandemic.

  • Essential Workers.
  • Non Essential Workers.
  • Employed and working from home.
  • Unemployed and making more than the employed.
  • Some wear their masks.
  • Karens don’t wear their masks.
  • Social distancing.
  • What is social distancing?
  • Carol Baskins. Killed her, husband, wacked him!
  • COVID-19 exists. COVID-19 numbers are inaccurate.
  • RIP Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, & Vanessa Guillen.
  • Black Lives Matter. Defund the Police.
  • Gavin Newson. Andrew Cuomo. Greg Abbott.
  • Florida is fucking disgusting.
  • YG’s “Fuck Donald Trump.”
  • RIP Naya Rivera.
  • I need a haircut. You need haircut.
  • Gyms reopen. Gyms close. At-home workouts.
  • Nothing else to watch on Netflix.
  • I miss doing my hobby (eating out at restaurants).

All these things plus more, I’m sure.

The reality is we just don’t know what tomorrow holds even more so now.

At the beginning of this pandemic, I was very hopeful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still hopeful but I’m also hurt and confused by the world. There’s so much hate and false information. We don’t know what to believe anymore.

What I do know though is that I’m thankful and grateful to still be alive and awake during these hard times.

My heart remains full knowing that my Dad is still okay, Tony’s parents and his sister are still okay, and my close friends are still doing okay. That’s what matters to me.

I enjoy reading and listening to these hard conversations we are having in our world, specifically in our country. We need awareness. More awareness. It’s everything: politics, social injustice, inequality, etc.

It’s sad to know that with all of those things, bad apples exists too. But we can’t let a few bad apples ruin it for us. We’re better than that. (Unless dumbass Susan wants to start something).

We’re still dealing with COVID despite what the numbers say or mean. We are still fighting against social injustice even if it’s gotten quiet and you’re not hearing it everyday. We do what we can because everything is unknown.

Here are just a few reminders:
– Wear your mask, protect others even though others fail to do their part and see their hypocrisy.
– Social distance. Get on House Party, Zoom or even FaceTime to see your friends and family. Share your feelings and discuss these hard times. It’s healthy to have an open dialogue (not argument) with many opinions.
– Check on Family and Friends. Make sure their mental and physical health are okay.
– Support local businesses. They need your help more than anything. Stimulate the economy, if you can.
– Take care of yourself. You matter most.
Can’t take care of others if you don’t care of yourself first.

I hope all of you are staying safe and in good health. Adjust to these temporary norms. We’ll make it out of these bad times.

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