15 Quotes from Everyday People (PLUS resources for help)

How does it feel to be a part of history, as it’s happening? Terrifying? Exhilarating? Surreal? All people, all over, are being impacted. Whether you are old or young, married or single, a parent or not – lives are changing. Panic and fear are prevalent on social media and in the news; but it doesn’t have to be that way.

We asked subscribers how they felt about the changes taking place, good and bad. What impacts had they felt? What troubled them most? Any encouragement they could offer? The replies are listed below,  edited for clarity/brevity. Helpful resources are directly below each experience.

“My biggest fear is my son falling even further behind in school.”

'I firmly believe that this virus is one we should all handle with caution, social distancing and all of the other guidelines created being paramount to that protection. The fear and panic, however, have no room in my home. Change is difficult, but as a mother with a business to run, adaptation has not been an option. A family meeting was called, structures were created, and everyone pitches in. I work, though not as much, which is expected. My son was behind in school already, and it terrifies me that this crucial stage in my son's development will be deeply impacted. My deepest hope is for a vaccine and/or cure to be found sooner than later, so that we can all get back to our regularly scheduled lives.

By the way, does anyone have any toilet paper they could spare?'

– Jess C | Business Owner/Writer & Mother | Texas

See Also: Super moms who juggle parenting with work || How to tell if an app or video is actually educational

“Cleanliness when out of the house has become essential.”

‘As an antisocial introverted student, not a whole lot has changed for me. My main concern is school; whether or not the summer semester will proceed as planned. Being unable to visit the grocery store in the middle of the night (my preferred way) has been a minor annoyance, but luckily we’ve been able to get most essentials without much difficulty. My girlfriend was ill and we were worried about whether or not she had the virus, but since testing is limited, the answer is unknown. If she did contract the virus, it was fairly mild and has passed. We are sure to be more careful about cleanliness when we go out now, though.’

– Adrian M | Student/Artist | Ohio

See AlsoHow to stay safe grocery shopping during the outbreak || Some courses available online during pandemic

“I want to stay in touch with people and encourage my kids to as well.”

‘Up to this point quarantine hasn’t been so bad. I’m thankful I enjoy being home and around my family. I’m also grateful we have experienced homeschooling and no one I know is sick. As we are trying to start a new routine, I’ve asked my kids what they would like to do and learn during this time in quarantine and they had some great ideas. We combined them with some of our own ideas and have a pretty great selection of fun yet educational things to do. Personally I think there are endless possibilities around my home. Gardening, chickens, cooking, baking, homeschooling, puzzles, crafts, calling friends and family, and completing tasks on the never ending to do list. So far the kids have built a Harry Potter 3-D puzzle and they are now building a solar powered robot, LEGO towers, and play dough animals. Reading a lot, as well!’

– Cortney C | Health Coach & Mother | Texas

See Also: The tapping solution (stress relief) || How to make homemade hand sanitizer

“I lost my job because of this virus”

‘I was asked to go on 14 day quarantine due to catching a cold. Then, along with almost everyone else I worked with, got laid off from my job due to the impact of the pandemic on the independent bookstore where I worked. I’m not handling it well, to be honest. I’ve been watching a lot of TV and movies, even delving into the world of fiction to escape the dreariness.’

– Dany S | Bookseller/Writer | Idaho

See AlsoRemote job postings have surged; nail the interview || Coping Strategies || COVID-19 Unemployment Info

“It saddens me to see local businesses closing”

‘When all of this started becoming more and more serious, I decided to remain calm and was amazed about everyone binge shopping. I didn’t understand the severity of what was going on. The number of cases kept rising and things just got more and more surreal. Companies started allowing employees to work from home; which I thought would never happen for me. Yesterday my anxiety suddenly took over. I became so worried about my family and their safety. The anxiety is still awful; I’m truly afraid. I am thankful, though, to have the ability to work from home. I’m so sad for all the restaurants and businesses that had to close and temporarily lay off their workers. Those people are the ones struggling through all of this, and we need to look out for them.’ 

Erin H | HR Coordinator & Mother | Wisconsin

See Also: How to Work from Home Successfully || Coping w/Anxiety, Fear, Stress and Uncertainty during the Outbreak

“I don’t understand what drives some people to hoard everything”

‘I think it’s odd, honestly, that something like this pandemic shows both how selfish people can be as well as how selfless. I don’t think I’ve seen any news about this that doesn’t focus on political parties, which makes me suspicious of the media surrounding the virus. We’re getting conflicting stories about deadliness, origins, and blame when what should be reported are facts to help stop the panic.Something that does give me a bit of hope for humanity is what the schools set up. Since breakfast and lunch are sometimes the only meals some of these kids get (and only when they’re at school) my school district came together and sent buses to deliver enough breakfast and lunch to families in the area. People are also fostering abandoned pets. Humanity at its finest. Since I can’t do anything to find a cure, I will focus on what I can do: protect those I care for and help others should they need it.’ 

– Brittany G | IFR Technician | Texas

See Also: Coronavirus Facts from WHO || Benefits of Fostering a Pet During the Outbreak

 “I am thankful for more time with my children”

‘I am thankful that the company I work for is not letting anyone go, and still continuing to pay. It’s helpful, as they closed the doors. Another benefit is now I can help with my children while they are home from school. I found some online schedules and worksheets, so we worked through them the first week. The schools should have more available coming up, which will be even better. The boredom for the kids, though, isn’t my favorite thing. My wife and I feel pretty fried by the end of each day, and the claustrophobia sets in every now and then. Overall, though, we’re making it work.’ 

– Matt W | Sales Rep | California

See Also: How to Avoid Cabin Fever || Sample Home Schooling Schedules || Best Games on Amazon for Staying In

“My heart hurts to see the cruelty happening right now”

‘My company is operating remotely for at least two weeks. It’s crazy to see people losing their minds over toilet paper. I am worried about what might happen if we get it here; my mother-in-law has COPD and other health issues. Trying to take it one day at a time but I’d be lying if I said my anxiety wasn’t through the roof.’

– Amber C | Customer Support Specialist | Texas

See Also: What Therapists Tell Patients w/Anxiety about COVID-19 || How to Help Protect Those At Risk

“Dealing with my husband being deployed was stressful enough”

‘I am a stay-at-home mom, so for the most part, there is not much change here. My husband is in the military, currently deployed, which always has me on edge. I’ve limited my news intake and try to avoid social media to maintain sanity. I worry about my daughter, as she will be graduating in May. Will she be able to walk the stage? It makes me sad for those kids, the uncertainty after putting in 12 long years of hard work.’ 

– Samantha C | Homemaker & Mother | Oklahoma

See Also: Ways to Support the Family of a Deployed Service Member || How to Help Teens Protect Their Mental Health During COVID-19

“The community is coming together to help one another”

‘In the past week every time I have gone to the grocery store I’ve passed by strangers warning me that there were no longer various items in stock; they had already checked. I went to four stores before I could find bread and toilet paper. On the internet there have been many people (mostly my generation) making jokes about what is going on in the world. Even my friends who have made light of the circumstances admit that they are getting concerned now; mostly due to the public reaction, not the virus itself. Thankfully through all the craziness going on I have experienced some people reaching out to take care of others. The community has taken on the challenge of helping small businesses, schools and teachers are stepping up quickly to provide resources and meals for children, and some have even stepped up to care for and check on the elderly nearby.’ 

– Alex Y | Student/YouTuber | Texas

See Also: What to do if Family/Friends Aren’t Taking COVID-19 Seriously || Where to Buy Necessities Online

“This is an opportunity for us all to reflect on making healthier choices”

‘Life is hard and our bodies are constantly battling all kinds of viruses. I didn’t take the pandemic seriously at first, like most people I know. My attention and concern was raised when the government started mandating the duration of school and large business closures. It gives me confidence, having the knowledge that the origin country endured a three month cycle and are on the road to recovery. The speed of information that’s available has allowed us to take action quickly, constructing procedures and resources. I am choosing to look at the silver lining, a ‘holiday’ to respect my body more. It’s time to focus on healthy living for ourselves and our children. Surprisingly, hygiene awareness and education was a necessity that I hope lives on after this threat has passed.’ 

– Logan G | Business Owner/Videographer & Father | Texas

See Also: China Lockdown for 8 Weeks- What You Need to Know || How to Stay Physically/Mentally Healthy While At Home

“Now, more than ever, kindness and understanding are important”

‘When you’ve been diagnosed with OCD, anxiety, and germaphobia, every day can be an absolute nightmare. Fears stretching from touching the gas pump at the gas station, to being unable to eat the sealed bag of carrots you dropped on the floor at work. And that’s a normal day for me, without the threat of a pandemic. With this pandemic, it feels as though my life has been turned upside down. I’m angry that the government didn’t act quicker to protect us and at the hoarding mentality that spread rampantly. Nobody needs 20 jumbo rolls of toilet paper, come on. I’m afraid that we don’t have enough testing resources. I have seasonal allergies that have caused a cough for weeks, but my anxiety plays the ‘what if’ scenario in the back of my mind. I’m trying to maintain a routine, going to work and back home, ordering everything online that I can.I’m also a little sad that I receive weird looks because I’ve opted to wear gloves in public. I have to give myself an extra barrier of protection as excessive hand washing has cracked and hurt my skin. It breaks my heart for the small businesses closures, like my local comic shop and the artisans/craftsmen who rely on renaissance festivals in the springtime. Overall this time is frightening and can lead some people into depression. Now, more than ever, kindness is important. Take only what you need and offer help where you can. We will make it out of this okay if we remember we’re all on the same boat.’ 

– Betty A | Marketing Coordinator | Texas

See AlsoHelp w/Anxiety and Depression || List of Small Business Relief Programs

“It’s been business as usual for me”

‘In my line of business, the demand for IT services has soared with the majority of the populous working remotely. Supply and demand of resources is becoming an issue, though. Unfortunately. the burden of childcare is falling on mom, as I have take bring in the funds while I can while business remains open. Panic is definitely not the answer. We’ve survived worldwide strife before and we will survive it again.’ 

– Ross C | Systems Admin & Father | Texas

See AlsoReality of Parenting During Pandemic ||7 No-Panic Guidelines From Experts

“The days are going by so fast, it feels as if time is slipping away”

‘The biggest effect the pandemic has had for me is schooling from home (I’m a junior in high school), and helping look after my little brother so my parents can get work done. I feel I have more time on my hands, but also so busy that I am unable to complete everything planned. I am concerned with the general public’s panic, as well, especially with the way the stores have looked when I’ve gone for essentials. In my short life, I’ve not witnessed something so intense. The crowd mentality can influence mayhem. ‘If everyone else is panicking, I should too!’ I think I am stuck between fear and indifference, I suppose. My family, friends, and their families are taking precautions, staying home and social distancing. This does create loneliness, especially as a teenager being unable to take advantage of this time to hangout with friends. I do understand the necessity, though, and there are workarounds. I’ve resolved to be on the lookout and to stay mindful, but to not overthink and worry excessively unless that time comes.’ 

– Lily G | High School Student/Artist | Texas

See Also: Tips for Teens Stuck at Home || Mindfulness for Teens || Lockdown Hack: Tik Tok

“Now is our time to be the voice of reason and a beacon of light”

‘We are clearly in unprecedented times. This is a true global crisis. However, adversity does not define us. How we respond to adversity is the key to our success. Fear and uncertainty are grappling much of the world. Providing a sense of calm and hope will not only help our family, friends, and clients; it will help each of us internally.I encourage everyone to practice social distancing, constant and thorough hand-washing, and cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily.[link to previous post]In the strange and unfamiliar world of “social distancing” I believe it is important that we keep as much of a regular routine as possible. Below are 7 things we can do each day (even if under “shelter in place” rules) to improve our lives.’

  • Wake up at the same time each morning (for me, it is 3:45 AM)
  • Follow a morning routine (it might include meditation, visualization, etc.; The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod is a phenomenal guide)
  • Practice gratitude each day
  • Exercise every single day; a healthy body leads to a healthy mind (and mindset)
  • Focus on what we can do for others
  • Focus on who you can become (this is a great time to learn or improve your skills
  • Focus on your relationships (family, friends, and business relationships are ALL important)       

Ken W | Business Owner/Legacy Journal Founder & Father | Texas

See Also: Places to Avoid while Social Distancing || 7 Meditation Tips to Combat COVID-19

The last week, history has been made throughout the United States. Schools are closed, public events are canceled, gatherings of over 10 people are strongly discouraged. These measures are for the safety of our communities, and we highly recommend everyone comply. In the meantime, let’s come together as a community with encouragement, support, advice, and love. Make sure you document all of these moments; one day your grandchildren will get to read a first-hand account from someone they know. Legacy of Love is the perfect place to tell that story. Spend time with your family, as well. What better time than now to build forts and indoor obstacle courses? Watch movies and read great books?

Let us know in the comments if you have any advice, tips, tricks, or any other words of wisdom to share. And remember: Don’t let precious moments slip away.

This post has been brought to you by Jessica Cleveland – mother, writer, creative producer at Under the Tower Productions, and team member here at Legacy of Love.

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on email

Posted In

Download and Begin Recording Your Legacy Today!

Legacy Journal is free to download!

Download and Begin Recording Your Legacy Today!

Legacy Journal is free to download!

Capture The Moments That Matter

Available now free for IOS and Android