Apart but connected
Updated: Jun 16, 2020
It's Monday and I'm ready to start another week of working from home. Lately,
I have been thinking about how this time has allowed us the opportunity to connect even more. This may mean something different for each of you.
For the last month, I have been anchoring the news from my own living room. Every night during the show I hope my cat, Kaira, doesn't make an appearance out of the blue or knock over a light. These are just a few of the additional factors I have to think about while working from home.
I'm sure all of you have been adapting to your own routine as we continue to practice social distancing. As separated as we may all be right now, this is the most connected I have ever felt to all of you. I say this not only as a journalist, but as a human being. We are witnessing history and we are all going through the same experience. As a result, I believe this time has allowed us to work on building even stronger connections with the people we love, our neighbors, and ourselves.
I have been able to re-connect with a lot of close college friends and even with my own family in Southern California. I have taken the time to Facetime and catch up with people more than ever before. The last time I saw my mom and my sister was back in December when I visited them for the Christmas holiday. At the time, it didn't even cross my mind that those were going to be my last moments with them for a while.
Overall, this time has been a powerful reminder that life can change in an instant. Never take moments with your loved ones for granted. Always tell them how you feel. It's so vital now more than ever to be present and live in the now because we just don't know when we will get the time back. These are challenging times, but like I mentioned, I have never felt so close to all of you. I have been appreciating reading your messages, comments, and updates about your own individual experiences through this. I know it has been difficult on so many levels, but the power of staying connected is what will help us get through this.
Check in with your loved ones as much as you can, and take time for yourself too. Your self-care and mental health are extremely important. I hope you continue to find your balance during this uncertain time and let's continue to empower and support each other. Sending love and light to all of you. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know how you are doing.