You know what I miss the most about life in this pandemic? It sounds silly, but I’m a hugger. I miss hugs. I miss friends’ hugs, I miss happiness hugs, I miss supportive hugs, I miss consoling hugs, I miss celebratory hugs, and I miss hugging those I love. Sure, I can hug my people at home – and trust me, I do – but I can’t hug those I’m distancing from. Feeling kind of done with it, frankly.
A hug can mean so many things, and right now, I think we all need some hugs – of one sort or another. It can hold you up when you’re down, it can transmit energy and joy, it can imbue strength and determination, and it can share pain and loss and soften angst, anger, and despair. With everything going on, I’d be surprised if we couldn’t all benefit from a sincerely given squeeze or two.
And that’s my silly little vignette this week. I just want to say that you’re missed. Today’s words on the Countdown Calendar (48 days left, by the way) are CREATIVITY and EQUALITY. Let’s think of really creative ways to lift each other up in the weeks, months, and years to come. With everything going on; floods, fires, death and disease, loss of jobs, shelter, and material things, so many of us have more misery on our plate than anyone should have to bear alone. I wish I could say virtual hugs do the trick, but really – they don’t. Hang in there, good people, and promise to do at least one thing every day that makes you smile. Consider yourselves hugged from afar – whatever kind you need.