The October challenge, To Think is to Create was right on for me.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, my husband and I went into survival mode. We immediately social distanced by canceling all our get-togethers, personal and business. We stocked up on masks, gloves, cleaning supplies and of course, food and medicine.
We decided not to wait around until everything was in short supply. We went shopping together with separate shopping lists and tried to get everything on our lists. We came home wiped everything down with bleach wipes before putting it away. We even waited 3 days to open our mail, keeping it in a container in the garage to make sure any virus particles were not still active.
The first time I felt fear was when I went to Sam's and was looking for hand sanitizer. A Chinese lady was in front of me, and she proceeded to take every unopened case of hand sanitizer on the shelves and place them on her cart. She was coughing. I did get scared at that moment. I have not shopped at Sam's since that day in March.
I am not scared of the virus but I do not take unnecessary risks either. With health issues, the virus is more dangerous to me than to younger people without health problems. I hope everything opens and our lives return to normal soon. I am tired of being isolated but only have limited visits with friends and family.
I have taken advantage of the down time. I wrote a new book entitled PANDEMIC Real Estate during this time. I wanted buyers, sellers and Realtors(R) to know we will get through this pandemic like we have done many times before. Fear can paralyze people and my last chapter in this book is a reminder of why we need not be afraid. It is an encouragement to all and is my way of wrapping my arms around people I cannot touch right now. I wish I could hug everyone that is feeling afraid or discouraged and let them know, "It will be alright."
As my book says, there will be permanent changes when all this is over but that is nothing new. Nothing stays the same at anytime. Change is always happening. Sometimes, we are not as aware of it as at other times.
Ricki McCallum CastNet Realty CastNet Press