• Barbara Clayton Price

Sequestered Psychotherapist

Updated: Apr 12, 2020

Sequestered Psychotherapist

Day 29 Today I really feel like I'm in a science fiction novel. Scene one: I haven't been out of my house in thirty days. If anyone had told me that this is what 2020 was going to be, I never would have believed them. I understand that scientists have been expecting and planning to a degree for this pandemic for years but nobody told me this might be my future. I certainly would've been doing some planning myself, if I had known there could be a pandemic in my future. There will be books, movies, stories, Ted Talks and so many other ways this time in history will be told. Today's young children will tell their grandchildren of a time when everyone had to stay in their houses and toilet paper was like gold. Even as I write this, it is hard to believe that the world has changed so much in such a relatively short time. I can't even imagine how our future will be changed. One of my most favorite things is gardening. I'm watching the little green sprouts come up through the brown crust left by winter. I shop for hanging plants around Mother's day with my two daughters. I always buy some annuals to plant among my perennial plants. Will I be able to do that this spring? Will there be flowers available to us with the social distancing now in place? Will the farmers be at the outdoor markets where we always shop for fresh vegetables and fruits? I understand that this is such a small thing in the grand scheme of things, yet this is another way our normal may be challenged. We actually have no way of knowing if this may be a part of the novel or movie plot written in the future. I have posted before that I am one to be prepared, like my childhood Girl Scout motto dictated. Keeping that in mind, I have purchased vegetable seeds and flower seeds for my spring planting. I am actually excited to grow my own vegetables and flowers. I have a very tiny space to plant, as I live in a condo with a small enclosed back yard. However, this year there will be cucumbers trailing around my perennials and tomatoes plants beside my butterfly bush. I believe it is a fact that necessity is the mother of invention and we will find ways to navigate in this surreal time. Maybe you will buy some seeds this year and plant your own food and flowers too. Knowing how this historical novel or film ends is yet to be seen. How it will affect the world financially, how people will have survived physically and emotionally. We only know what we are experiencing today and in that, we must trust that the future will eventually return to normal. Keeping that hope alive is so important. Maintaining a positive attitude will improve your daily life and health. Planting your own garden and finding creative ways to exist in the solitude of your own homes will make today better. I tell my clients that if we worry about something until it does or does not happen, it will not change the outcome. Worrying is a complete waste of time. Don't assume the worst ending to the story. That will only bring you more fear and negativity, which affects your health and your life. Take life a day at a time and let the story be told of how you managed in this surreal, science fiction time in history. Plant some seeds and watch them grow. Be safe and remember that this will not last forever.

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