I’m Not OK & That’s OK

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Hello Gentle Reader,

How are you holding up during this pandemic? I hope you are well and staying safe and healthy.

If you would have asked me last month, I would have said I am great. That would have been a 3/4 true statement. People ask now and I tell them I am doing ok. That is a lie, Dear Reader. A big ol’ bold faced lie, I tells ya!

I think I really hit “the wall” about two weeks ago. I have tried to keep myself busy learning some new things, completing yarn projects that I had started but never finished, and even moving all the furniture in my apartment around. I would have done a closet cleaning, but I did that around Christmas time. Every time I try to work on something theatre related, this deep sense of despair hits me like a kick to the chest.

Yup! Like Bruce Lee is kicking me in the chest…

Ever since I got the directive to stay home on March 11th, I have been having a hard time sleeping. I have tried sleeping pills and they do the trick, but I don’t take them repeatedly  because I don’t want to make a habit out of it. I used to find that using them for one night would reset my sleeping rhythm and I would be good until the next bout of insomnia.

Now, I think they enhance my anxiety more than anything else. When I do sleep, I either can’t get comfortable or I have nightmares that set the anxiety into overdrive or scare the shit out of me. Sometimes both.

I think of my friends every hour but I find pulling up social media to be less stimulating than actually seeing them in person or laughing with them and feeling that vibration fill my heart with joy. When I think about logging on, I just get overwhelmed.

I have an ongoing text conversation with my siblings and a cousin and my nieces, but it isn’t the same.  It is nice to have, don’t get me wrong, but it isn’t the same and my brain doesn’t like the lack of punctuation and all the spelling errors thanks to voice text. LOL! I know, Kind Reader, I am being ultra whiney right now and I should be grateful for the contact. I hear you and I acknowledge you.

It’s true, Gentle Reader. I am being whiney. But here is the point of all of this. It is ok to not be ok. I have always said to embrace your feelings. Acknowledge them and walk through them. I am bringing them to light because maybe in doing so, it might help someone else that is struggling with this shelter in place malaise as well.

For me, I imagine working my way through them as though I was walking through a haunted maze or house during Halloween.  For those of you who don’t know, I love horror movies but am terrified of the dark. (Rereading that last sentence during editing makes no logical sense, I know, but then again, neither does loving performing but hating being in pictures.) Walking into a haunted house is always a sense of fun and dread, granted there is no fun in the feelings I am currently fighting. I jump at everything that pops out or screams at me. I have night lights in every single room of my apartment. I think every noise that the neighbors make is something other than what it is. I am a psychological mess. I freely admit that. I’d love to see a therapist, but worry that I would go bankrupt for all the sessions I would need to fix me. But I know I am not alone. And You are not alone.

So as we work through this and maintain vigilance in the face of this pandemic. Honor your feelings. Work through them in any way that you can. If you want to drop me a line, feel free to do so. Maybe we can trade ideas. If you feel like this is way too much, please, PLEASE, reach out to NAMI.ORG or you can call them at 800.950.NAMI or text “NAMI” to 741741.

My Dear Reader, we are all in this together. Be kind to yourself and to others.  We don’t know what others are dealing with. Be safe and be aware.

Until next time…

3 thoughts on “I’m Not OK & That’s OK

  1. The pandemic has been quite frustrating- really really really annoying.

    No Frozen and Anastasia this year due to being postponed- hard when musical theatre is not happening. In June or July, my family was downtown and the moment I was in front of Belk Theater was bittersweet. Knowing I was in front of an empty and dark theater was difficult- the next musical I was supposed to see there was Frozen. My eyes are mostly set on Hadestown now- I think the fact it is coming in October 2021 does give it an advantage.

    However- I am still volunteering at my church’s food pantry. Only difference is the system’s changed. Just like I am still blogging, reading, listening to music, among the other things I usually do at home.

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    1. Such a frustrating and annoying time with this pandemic.

      I was lucky enough to see the tour of Anastasia at the beginning of the year. I enjoyed it, but was kind of distracted by the set because it was mostly digital. LOL! I kept seeing small details in all of the scenes that I spent half the time looking at the scenery than watching the actors. I still enjoyed it. I hope it tours in your area so you get a chance to see it. I didn’t get a chance to see Frozen either.
      I really like the cast recording of Hadestown! I hope I get a chance to see it. Keep me posted on your thoughts.
      I struggle with making a structured day. I think I may have some type of attention disorder. I haven’t been tested, but I can’t focus on any one thing very long. So if I get an idea to write about and I am not near my desk, it won’t happen. Stay safe and thank you for all that you are doing for your community!

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      1. Hoping that both Frozen and Anastasia are rescheduled for Blumenthal’s 21/22 season.

        Blumenthal is working with other NC theaters to figure out how to bring shows back. Only one part of Blumenthal is open- part of Spirit Square, the Square is the only outdoor stage- all that can happen there are things like musicians, comedians, and poetry reader.

        For musicals to come back, Blumenthal needs to open both Belk and Ovens especially Belk. Belk is Blumenthal Performing Arts’ main theater.

        I got fascinated by Hadestown due to the fact that it is based off of a myth. I love mythology- so if would be of no surprise that I got fascinated by Hadestown

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