The Unending Marathon of Life

I remember someone saying that it might be summer before we’re back to normal.  I remember verbally sighing and thinking that there is no way will I make it that long.  Hello July.  Yes, we’re in the heat of July and there is no end in sight.  The virus lives on and in most states is spiking quickly.  Our country came together for a short time and has now been divided over masks, going out and everything seems to have become political.  Despite the divisiveness I see these days, I still believe we will come out of all of this better.  I believe that we have a chance to become better people and a better country.  I believe though that all of this growth is coming though with great growing pains.

Over the weekend I drove through my little downtown of Littleton.  I headed out to have breakfast at my favorite brunch spot- Toast.  I was all ready for their Rueben sandwich and tomato basil soup – which I swear I could taste! As I got closer I saw that the usually packed parking lot was empty.  I then looked up to see a ‘For Rent’ sign and that’s when I knew.  Things have changed.  (**UPDATE:  Toast moved locations – 2630 W. Belleview Ave. Ste. 100 LIttleton CO 80123**)I drove another few blocks to another favorite brunch spot and saw the ‘Closed’ sign there as well.  I parked, got out of my car and walked to my 3rd option- Closed.  My heart felt heavy and I was close to tears.  Not because I wasn’t going to be eating at these restaurants, but because of what this meant to our community.  Closed mom and pop restaurants are closed dreams and out of work neighbors.  Three restaurants in a five block radius- this breaks my heart.  I was truly sad for what is happening and afraid of what is to come.

I watched an interview with a well-known chef in California who said that these closures are just the beginning.  What does that mean for us as a community and world? A good friend of mine who is a therapist told me that now is the time to reinvent yourself and your dreams.  Now is the time that companies are reinventing how they do business and how they keep their employees.  It’s also a really scary time in my opinion.  We have no idea where the end will be.  It’s like we’re running a marathon and the finish line keeps getting pushed further out.  We’re already exhausted and running on fumes, but have no choice but to keep running.  Feels overwhelming some days and other days it does feel somewhat normal.  Then I think of the kids going back to school and the holidays coming up and wonder how this will all work??

We’ve all been impacted by Covid-19 in one way or another.  It’s hit many people financially and for some it has financially devastated them.  If you have a job you feel blessed to have it, but you may also be scared about keeping it and your company’s ability to stay open.  The tension and angst in our country is palpable.  I can feel and see that many people are at their breaking points and just need some good news.  We all look around and let’s admit that we know someone who is faring better and many more who are faring worse.  I think it’s just part of our human nature to look at life and figure out where we fit into the spectrum of health right now.

For me my goal right is truly taking life one day at a time.  As a planner this is really difficult for me.  I enjoy having something to look forward to (holidays with family, vacation, Fall and the leaves turning and the Denver Broncos playing) and just about everything in the future is on a ‘hold’.  Do you buy plane tickets for the holidays or not? Is it safe to plan a vacation for the end of the year? Next year?  Will the Broncos be playing?  Will our kids be safely back in school?  The list of unknowns is infinite.  We just don’t know at this point what our future will look like and that’s about all we really do know for certain.  We are truly being called to live in the gray- the unknown parts of life.  Faith looks different for all of us, but I don’t know of a time that we need it more than right now.

Xoxo – Melissa 

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