These days can feel very heavy, scary and in some cases hopeless. Young and old are in many ways sharing the same feelings and experiencing similar emotions. Both adults and children are living in a kind of limbo.
We are all waiting for something without really knowing what it is. All we know is that this chaos will somehow change. Eventually. And it will change us at the same time.
Although we live in different countries, we quickly realize that we are all part of the same world. What I do (or don’t do) affects my neighbors. Maybe not at once, but eventually. Often faster than we expect. We all have the same origins, often we react the same way when faced with major challenges, no matter where we come from. We have more similarities than differences, regardless of culture. That can obviously cause problems if panic starts spreading among us.
Of course, fear spreads easily and it is not always easy to act rationally when the anxiety is creeping up. For some reason, we tend to surround ourselves with negativity. We do not always think about it, but we often look for it in the form of news (real or false) or by listening to messages that are not good for us. Even we, ourselves, can be a source of negativity. Not consciously, but thanks to old habits.
But just as we can cause concern, we can spread joy and more positive emotions.
Before the virus became known, we used to try to spread positive messages. Sentences or just a few words. It could be an uplifting greeting at the train station or night train. A boost of confidence in front of a mirror at the local cafe or airport. In strategic places where we may need some encouragement, simply.
We (T. and E.) especially liked writing these little notes for a nearby hospital. I think most people can relate to the feeling of being in a hospital. Whether as a patient or visitor. Here, too, it’s easy to focus on negative emotions (I’m guilty of this) and let them take over. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that we often feel that we have no control over the situation. We do not know what will happen or how the situation we’re in will proceed. We simply have to trust that other people have the necessary skills and control over the situation. It’s a bit like flying, when you think of it …
Many good things actually happen in hospitals, although we don’t always think about it.
We chose to visit the children’s hospital and we just wanted to show our participation with all the children (and adults) staying there. Not necessarily because it was needed, but because we wanted to. Many times, children are both braver and wiser than us adults. Above all, more honest and more open to reality. They can be just as sad, worried or happy as us adults. But they are present in a way I admire and at the same time can be envied.
In these times, I think it is important that we try to live in the present. Take care of ourselves and each other. Stop and reflect on what is happening. Respect feelings and at the same time try to spread positive vibes when we have the opportunity to do so.