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One of the most rewarding things about blogging is being able to connect with others. I have always being curious about people and what makes them tick. My husband would tease me about it. We would be traveling in a foreign land and I would get into a conversation with someone. By the end of it, the person would be inviting us to her home for lunch.
That’s not to say I’m a super fascinating person or anything. Far from it! I think part of the reason I love to travel is so I would have something interesting to talk about. Before blogging, I was a “social networking” virgin. No Twitter or Facebook accounts to speak of. I always placed value on human connection and picking up the phone. You know, the old-fashioned way of communicating with others.
But being a stay-at-home mom to two small children made it challenging to even get out of the house. And while traveling, rather than starting a conversation with a stranger, I was too busy making sure my kid doesn’t choke on his/her candy. So, that’s why the blog was born, I think.
While the majority of folks never actually comment, some do and even occasionally reach out via email. These few months have been tough for just about everyone, and readers of this blog are no exception. So, rather than talk about my life, that’s who I would like to focus on. I won’t be naming any names, so hopefully I’m not betraying their trust.
One of them lives in New Jersey and left her career as a nurse a long time ago. As a result of Covid-19, she volunteered to work in a hospital, only to contract coronavirus a few days later. She did recover, thank goodness. Edit: just got an email from her and she says she is actually still bedridden after six weeks. For me, the biggest sacrifice was to simply stay at home with my kids. She has young kids, too.
Another reader lives in NYC with his family off our, and they share a small apartment. He told me that at the height of the pandemic in the city, they would hear 40 or more sirens per day and they knew most of them were Covid-19 patients. All day, every day. The other week, he said they are down to 10 sirens per day now, which is a relief.
Then there is a reader who lives in Minneapolis. Her house is less than a mile from where the riots and looting have been taking place. She said it got so scary, she finally booked a hotel room for her family, away from the madness (via points, of course). She said that planning future trips helps her cope with the current situation.
While my life has its challenges, I certainly have nothing to complain about. Many have it so much worse. So, that’s why I wanted to publish this post. I’m hoping you guys share your challenges and frustrations. No problem is too small or too trivial. Did you have to cancel a dream trip this year? Tell me about it. Are you making plans for 2021? Share them.
On a more somber note, have you or your spouse lost a job recently? Did you get sick or lose a loved one? Even though I may not know you personally, I promise to read your comment and respond. BTW, you can comment anonymously without leaving your name or email address.
If you feel you are at the end of your rope, I urge you to reach out to a close friend or medical professional. Not all problems can be solved by fresh air/sunshine or even travel. There is no shame in asking for help if you are depressed. The world is full of uncertainty and turmoil right now, and it’s wreaking havoc on those who struggle mentally in the best of times.
Personally, I try to remember that there is only so much I can truly control in life. For example, I’m worried that if something happens to my parents in Eastern Europe, I won’t be able to fly there. But they are OK right now, so why borrow trouble?
They just told my husband that nobody is allowed to get overtime at work. I worry if a pay cut is next. But then I remember that my dad was laid off for a good portion of my childhood. It wasn’t for lack of trying to get a job, there were no jobs after the fall of Soviet Union. Yet, somehow we made it through hyper inflation and empty fridges. I doubt my kids will have to face anything of the sort, at least not in the short term.
The least of my concerns is travel, though I do miss it, I’m not going lie. It was a bummer when I cancelled my long-awaited trip to Japan. It’s quite ironic that having an American passport will actually be a hindrance to going there for the foreseeable future. But I will get there someday, that I know. And I won’t take it for granted.
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Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.