First of all, I am not making light of this situation. There are times that you just have to laugh to keep from losing it. In case you’re not an 80s baby, meaning you weren’t in high school during the 80s, you may not know this reference. If you’re new to my blog then you probably don’t know that I relate a lot of things to music. Back in the day, there was a song called My Sharona by The Knack. That is where the title of this week’s blogpost came from. Just so you’re not left out of the loop, check this out. If you want to see parodies of that song for the Coronavirus, there are plenty on YouTube.
So, for the past week, my family and I have been at home. To be honest, this hasn’t really been a big change for me, considering my husband and I work from home all the time anyway. The only differences are that our son is home all the time now and I don’t have to wake up at 5:40 a.m. which is a blessing in itself. I’ve gotten so much rest in the past week that I think I’m finally back to my old self. Prior to “social distancing” I always had something to do or somewhere to go. Now it’s just something to do but time to do it without a specific timetable. I suppose we’re coping well. The only one that really has an issue is my husband. He quickly gets cabin fever and feels the need to go somewhere. I nor my son have that need. In fact, there have been consecutive days that I never left the house, let alone our property and I am totally fine with it. Come to think of it, I don’t think my son has been out of the house since March 12, which was the last day he went to school.
These are some really unusual times now. It’s especially precarious for entrepreneurs and small business owners, along with hourly workers and those in other service businesses like restaurants, spas and the like. What I’ve been doing is preparing for when this virus finally goes away. I’m learning new things, updating my website, contracts, images and skills. I’m working on producing more content as well. All of this so that I can take off running when the country is back up and running. What are you doing in the meantime? My husband did plan a family day but my son ended up trying to finish up some work from the previous week after sleeping most of the day away. I guess we’ll try again this week or weekend.
Currently, there are some photographers that I have read about who are still photographing during this time. Some are participating in the Front Porch Project which is a project where families are being photographed on their front porches. The photographers keep a safe distance from them and ask people to donate money to local non-profit to help the underserved in their community. To read more about the Front Porch Project, please click here. If someone wants to photograph people during this time, that’s fine for them. I also commend the photographers who are raising money for those who need it most. Regardless of these two things, I will not be photographing people during this time. I’m not trying to infect myself or my family. As far as I can tell, I will still be around and I look forward to photographing you and your family in the near future. I’m hoping by May we can all resume our lives and our businesses or at the very least be a lot closer to some sense of normalcy. Until then, we can talk about scheduling something because when you have something planned you always have something to look forward to.
Until then…be safe and smart.