The other day I was asked whether I was blogging about coronavirus. I said no, and here’s why.
Why I haven’t been blogging about coronavirus
That’s right, not one post prior to this one has been about the coronavirus outbreak. No, I didn’t have my head in the sand. It was intentionally not mentioned here.
As for why I made that conscious omission, I’ll repeat what I told V. the other day. I said that I didn’t want to contribute to the anxiety that I am seeing around me in real life and online. Instead, I wanted to create a safe outlet away from the virus, away from the real dangers and the worrisome thoughts that are all over the news and websites.
I also (didn’t tell her this) strongly felt that bringing in discussions of the coronavirus would be in stark contrast to the positive messages that share here. Then I realized a big “but.”
But it’s seeping into every part of life
COVID-19 has been the elephant in the room here at When Women Inspire. It came up in the comments section of my recent post on eco-friendly transport ideas that included buses. As Resa wrote, “… it’s a bit scary right now.” And I couldn’t help but mention the virus in my reply to Robbie about sharing transportation with other people.
That was the first time I made mention on my blog about COVID-19. And, I’m not going to lie, it kind of freaked me out. As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to keep my blog away from what’s scaring everyone, like two separate entities. I wanted to provide a safe haven in a way, a bubble from the outbreak.
But I see now that it’s not possible to keep it separate. It’s also not the right decision for me to have made, and I acknowledge that mistake.
What this blog stands for
This blog is about women doing amazing things historically and now, and the present time includes some pretty scary $^&$#. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, the virus is a part of the world as it is and not acknowledging that is not being true to the planet.
While my heart meant well by leaving it out of the blogging conversation, I see that I am best to acknowledge what’s happening. While I worried that including discussions of the coronavirus would be negative and heavy – that’s true, of course – I realize now that I can make it a more productive conversation. For example, I could post tips for managing fear or how to prepare the home for an emergency.
These topics are real (and scary in their own right) but also productive. So, I am still being true to the purpose of this blog by writing about them and hitting the publish button.
Don’t worry, though, I will not be blogging about coronavirus 24/7 every day. And it won’t be the only thing that gets written about here. There are many topics to discuss and only focusing on that particular one would surely bring down even the most positive spirits. Instead, the coronavirus is part of the topic range, whereas before today it was not.
It eases my mind to know that I can reconcile my desire to share tips to live your best life with what’s happening out there right now. I thank each and every one of you who reads posts here, especially with all that is going on.
Be safe, share kindness,