SOLC 26 of 31: A Letter to this virus

Dear Coronavirus,

You did it. You made us fear everything in a world where we were already afraid to travel, go to the movies, to the store and to church or synagogue. We were already in a place of “living our lives anyway” despite the constant terrorism afar and nearby.

But, you did it. You made us slow down and isolate and pay attention. You made us revisit our hygiene habits, our work schedules, our school expectations, our technology tools and expertise.

And you made us feel lonely, nervous, and terrified of the world we live in. Are we invisible carriers? Who did we make sick? When?

And you made us worry. We worry about all of those providing care for the sick. We worry about the elderly. We worry about those who are dying alone. We worry about those who will give birth alone. We worry about the children who aren’t in school and already behind. We worry for the children with special needs – will they get the care and support they need at this difficult time.

Coronvirus, you stopped us in our tracks. Not for a day or for a week. You put a dead stop to the world as we know it. There will forever by a “before Coronavirus” and an “after Coronavirus.” Just like there was with 9/11. The aftermath will be different, but there will always be a line in the sand.

Right now, it’s hard to envision the “after,” but I’m being optimistic that one day we will look back on this period of our lives when we were frozen in time and re-establishing our norms, all because of you.

Yours truly,

Feeling stuck

6 Comments

  1. March 26, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    This is amazing!! I feel every single line in your writing-the dying alone-heart breaking. I also hold onto hope. Thank you for sharing this!!

  2. March 26, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    This line is so true- “The aftermath will be different, but there will always be a line in the sand.” Navigating life past this line is strange indeed, but a lot of reflection is happening. Thank you for your letter.

  3. March 26, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    A powerful letter. I wonder if people will ask what everyone did during the COVID-19 isolation and what our answers will be.

  4. Meg Looney said,

    March 26, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Oh! I’ve been “feeling stuck” too the past few days. Liz Gilbert this week in a meditation she shared on the Insight Timer app reminded me of the letter-writing technique you used. In her case, she wrote a letter to herself about being loved but sometimes we need to address our bully, address what’s scaring us the most. Thanks for the reminder that those letters I’m posting to friends in the mail, well, maybe I need to write one to what’s causing me to write them at all, what’s making me feel stuck. Know you’re not alone and I so appreciate not just your writing technique but honesty.

  5. March 26, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Thanks for this letter that will be read in many years time and will be able to express the atmosphere and feelings now. This is a precious slice. Well done and thank you. ‘We shall overcome.”

  6. caroline524 said,

    March 29, 2020 at 2:06 am

    What a powerful letter. You have beautifully put into words, all of our feelings during this time. Well done!


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