The Fourth of July is all about independence and making our country free…but are we all really free? There’s so much going on in the world right now: From a global pandemic that is keeping all of us cooped up inside our homes, to the Black Lives Matter movement which is so important, to the political climate of country which is in shambles because it’s being run by (in my opinion) a man who is not qualified to be President of the United States of America. 2020 has certainly been the weirdest year of my life so far, and it’s only halfway over. (I just read that the bubonic plague is popping up all over the world too, so we might have that to look forward to …and those ‘murder hornets’. Wow.)
I’m sorry if I’m sounding grumpy or miserable right now, it’s just that every time I go online or watch the news, there’s something else that is wrong. It’s as though it’s all bad news lately, and it’s really starting to get to me.
If you know anything about me by now, it’s that holidays are very special to me and my family. While we will be having a very small, socially distanced 4th of July party at my parent’s house, it won’t be the same (just like Memorial Day.) Since we live in Maine, every 4th of July we would spend on the beach. The night would end with a fantastic fire works show, and an even better sparkler performance by my family haha. The best part about watching the fireworks near the ocean is that if you look down the coastline, you can see all of the neighboring towns setting their 4th of July fireworks off too. It’s really beautiful!
But this year, we made the decision to stay safe and stay at home. While beaches are open the fireworks are indeed still happening, we just don’t feel comfortable putting ourselves in the position to be around too many people in a small area. Better safe than sorry, right? …at least we have the stunning sparkler display to look forward too 😉
How has your life changed since COVID and all the political and social unrest in the country – and world? Has it made you more aware of the things that matter and the things that don’t? One thing I’ve noticed is that my spending habits have changed drastically. Since I’m not really leaving the house, I’m not spending money on new clothes or accessories – or even food and drink for that matter. I’m cooking more at home and wasting less money on alcohol and junk food. It’s kind of nice! I’ve also re-assessed my closet and have been trying to purge my wardrobe of things I won’t be wearing anymore. There’s a really good chance that I’ll be working from home for a very long time, so out with the stuffy business attire and in with the broken in jeans and comfy sweaters. I’ve also noticed that in addition to purging my belongings (and refrigerator haha) I’ve also purged my internet scope. Since the Black Live Matters movement, it’s been eye opening to see who has the right mindset and who doesn’t. Any accounts who don’t respect and support what is happening in the world right now had to go. …I’ve felt lighter almost, by limiting my content exposure to healthy and supportive feeds.
While this time in our lives is scary and uncertain, there are some good changes and progress that is being made. It will be interesting to see what happens come election time in November – and how the logistics of it all will work with COVID still being present.
Hopefully we will start to have some good (better?) news soon.