Honestly I have been at home this week, working remotely, with the kids on spring break. I knew I have more opportunity to write and get the blog going again but I have sat down and have not been able to write anything. I feel overwhelmed in our world right now. It hit me this afternoon I bet a lot of people do right now. So far I am one of the lucky ones- I still have a job, my family is relatively healthy, and we are okay on supplies. However, being a new member in the freelance community it has been scary to watch some people’s livelihoods vanish overnight. To watch my city cancel SXSW, a 34 year long tradition, knowing that means so many Austinites will have no income to rely on this year is just horrifying. The gig economy is amazing; it allows for freedom and income- a very rare combo it feels like. I see so many restaurant workers, uber drivers, bartenders, and event planners struggling.
There will be ramifications of this event for years to come. I do not have much to offer but a pledge. I pledge to use my skill set to help small businesses and the gig economy as much as I can. I pledge to #shoplocal and #supportsmallbusiness the rest of 2020. I also pledge to watch these larger companies and how they respond to this in the treatment of their employees and allocate my spending to the good ones. We are in uncharted territory now and our world may never be the same again. After 2019 and all the complaining we did about how bad it was, the universe listened. Covid19 is here. Now we need to deal with it and all of the ramifications that it brings. We can all learn a bit more about ourselves and our society, this virus has taught us that.
As this becomes a defining moment in history for our world lets embrace the positive and work to grow in the areas that are negative. I do not claim to have all of the solutions but I do think a general compassion for our fellow mankind and a real push to a more minimalist lifestyle can bring a lot more balance into our world.
Stay tuned this week, I will be posting some resources for you with kiddos at home and for those of us who are looking to expand our minds and skill set. I am using this time as the universe’s way of telling me to slow down and keep evaluating my progress in my own life. This whole blog began as my journey to a happier life and to who I truly am inside- I am taking this as a teaching moment that I am never done growing and learning. I am hopeful to continue to hear good things and I send good energy to all who are struggling now.
How are you dealing with this crisis? What are some ways we can all support our local economies? Were you a worker affected by this- if so I would love to interview you and do anything I can to help.