You’re Going To Make It Through This Crisis

Hello Wonderful Woman,

How are you doing?

It’s been a chaotic week, and our lives are changing by the hour. From school closures and the shuttering of public spaces to panic shopping and social distancing, life as we know it has turned upside-down.

Maybe you have kids, an elderly parent, or know someone who has an underlying health condition. Perhaps your job security has been affected, and you’re feeling financially stressed.

We’re in the midst of a global crisis that feels surreal.

And I’m wondering, how are you doing really? 

If you’re like me, you’re riding a wave of extreme emotions. You may be feeling fear, grief, panic, rage, or powerlessness. Maybe all of the above.

I get it. 

You’re not alone. 

Many of us are feeling like we don’t have solid ground beneath our feet right now. The predictability and security of our lives have been swept away.

We don’t know how to feel.

We don’t know what to do.

We don’t know how to get through this. 

That’s how I’ve been feeling.

It’s led me to some pretty stressful places. I’ve been unable to sleep, and my anxiety has flared up. My fears for my family’s safety have overwhelmed me. I’ve doubted myself, my abilities, and my strength.

It’s been rough. 

But, a couple of days ago, I realized something.

have gotten through times like this before. 

I’ve faced times of fear, change, and powerlessness more often than I can count.

I was raised in a chaotic and dysfunctional family.

I left a volatile first marriage.

I’ve lost numerous family members to tragedy and suicide.

I struggle with chronic health issues.

And… I’m still standing. 

Your stories may not be exactly like mine. But I know you have triumphed more times than you think.

You lost your life partner and are navigating a new way of living.

You suffered a life-threatening illness and refused to give up. 

You have a child with mental health issues and support them every single day.

You left your country and family behind to move to Canada to start a new life. 

You set boundaries around poor behaviour and put your well-being first. 

You left your job and started over. 

You’re still standing, too. 

You found the strength, resilience, and courage to make it through those uncertain times.

You’ll make it through this crisis too. 

I’m not saying it will be easy. We have a lot of unknowns ahead of us. We will feel scared. We will feel powerless. We won’t know what the future will look like when it’s all over.

But, if there’s one thing I know I can count on, it’s that we all have the wisdom, knowledge, and life experience to get through the coming days.

You’ve done it before.

You can do it again.

I believe in you.

Let me know how you’re feeling in the comments below.

We’re in this together.

Be well. 

Mary Lou