If you have seen and loved the movie “Frozen,” then you are familiar with the “Let It Go” song. When I or the Crankee Yankee are stubborn (and usually that’s me), one of the best ways for us to calm down is say to each other “let it go, Elsa!” Usually that makes us both laugh and no harm done.
These days when we are living through the corona virus and are pretty much staying at home, there can be flare-ups and misunderstandings. It is a bit scary these days, and our new normal is quite different than we could have imagined. My guess is that we are more fearful than we have ever been and we are changing the way we live. Part of our new “normal” is wearing masks or bandanas, and we keep our distance. We wash our hands frequently, and clean up surfaces. These days we are hyper vigilant and it can take a toll on us.
This is when we need to not only be observant and careful, but also to remember to laugh, joke and not let fear take over. As soon as we found out about the corona virus and how us sixty-somethings and older are more likely to be affected, I think we all went into some form of panic.
But here’s the thing: we can be prepared and not scared. We can do all the right things and simply be careful. We can email or call our families and friends. We can play games together. We can learn some new skills, pick up a hobby, watch TV and so on. The Crankee Yankee and I don our bandanas and take our walk around the block at least once a day. It makes us not only feel better, but also feel more “normal.”
As I like to say, “this too will pass.” And it will. In the meantime, let’s all keep it together, be thankful for what we have, remember to wash our hands and mask up if we are going to be around people. When this is over, we can look back and think of what we have learned and what we can still be grateful for.
So whenever we get scared or angry or just tired of the new normal, let’s just say this: “let it go, Elsa!”