Connection: physical or otherwise

I don’t know about everyone else, but I certainly have been tested on many levels during this COVID-19 lockdown. The biggest tests for me are on emotional and mental toughness.

Staying home is not an issue for some and definitely not for me. I love being home and spending time with the people in it, my little family. In my opinion, people who do not want to be home as much, are lonely, bored and seeking connection. Now I’m sure you are asking: So why was she tested during the lockdown?

It’s one thing to choose to stay home and another when the choice is not yours. Governments around the world made that choice for everyone and dictate when and how to move around other people. Although it is for the better good of humanity, it’s tough being stuck at home for weeks on end with no human interaction whatsoever.

There are moments in our daily lives that we socialize without really realizing that we are doing it. That’s until it is not there anymore. As far as my children are concerned, my daughter probably misses that connection with people more than all of us. All of 3 years old and she needs that social interaction with her peers for personal and mental growth. My son is almost 18 months old and already I can see that he misses certain people in his life like his grandparents and cousins. A couple of weeks into the lockdown and they both started acting out and my frustration levels went through the roof.

We have had to make do with technology to help us in everyday tasks. We shop online for food, clothing, backyard entertainment, you name it. Then there is the distance learning that takes place online too. The best of all are the applications like Skype, Zoom, Google Duo, FaceTime etc. All of these have made it possible to connect with other people safely. I often reach out to those dear to me if I have a tough time with something or simply need adult conversation. In the words of Friedrich NietzscheInvisible threads are the strongest ties.”

Governments are slowly releasing the reigns and we are allowed to move around more, provided that we follow social distancing guidelines. However, nothing compares to that hug between a grandson and his grandfather. There is no stronger feeling of love than that of family fun with cousins. Human beings are social creatures and we need that connection to others to keep our souls alive and healthy.

Appreciate who you have in your life and appreciate every moment with them. Feed your soul.

by Odette van Jaarsveld

I am a Mom to an independent, beautiful little girl and a strong, cuddly baby boy. I also have the privilege to be a wife to a very intelligent, handsome man. My life is filled with so much love, joy and very busy days....sometimes nights too.

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