DailyBlog: At Least We Don’t Have Zombies

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For the sake of blogging, self-exploration, and contemplation, I’ve been slowly making my way through answering questions from this list

Today’s Question: How would you describe the past year of your life in one sentence?

“Wait, this apocalypse doesn’t have zombies?!”

We can’t go outside without face masks. No more movie theaters, no eating in restaurants. Gatherings are questionable and they depend on the circumstances, the numbers, the place, etc. I’ve taken in all of these changes with relative ease as I’m mostly an introvert, but it is a lifestyle change. I’ve said more times than I could count, “If we’re going to have an apocalypse, can’t we at least have zombies?”

I’m not trying to make light of the situation. People have died. People have lost loved ones. People are out of jobs, not being able to pay rent, mortgage, etc. Someone said to me the other day, “Kell, you amaze me.” I was mystified. I blinked a few times and said, “What?” She repeated herself. I was still baffled. I asked, “Why?” She said,

“You just always go with the flow. You never have anything negative to say.” Well to be fair, this person doesn’t know me THAT well. Truthfully, I do complain sometimes and I do sometimes say less than positive things. I’m human. But I know where she’s coming from; I really just don’t see the point in fighting against things that I can’t change, or complaining into an empty echoing chamber where the words have no where to go except to bounce back to you. It’s not that I’m nonchalant or dismissive, but I’ve worked very hard on the universal mantra, “Change what you can, accept what you can’t, and find the wisdom to know the difference.” (I know that’s not word for word, but the gist is the same.) So when I say things like, “If we’re going to have an apocalypse, can’t we at least have zombies?” I’m really just accepting that things are what they are, and honestly, they could be so much worse. This apocalypse is “boring” so maybe just be thankful that we’re not in zombie territory or certain instant death… yet. As Danielle’s stepmother says in ‘Ever After’, “No matter how bad things get, they can always get worse.” It’s important to keep that in mind, especially on really difficult days. Our lives have changed, but they’re not over.

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