A quick pandemic-triggered personal update

I’m still not blogging, but I did want to pop in real quick to check in. I’m currently completely off Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for Lent (long story), so this is the best way I have to reach multiple people at once.

First, I really hope everyone is okay. I hope you’re okay, I hope your family is okay, I hope your friends are okay. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone from Covid-19 (or anything else).

Second, I would like to plead with the world to stop what you’re doing and take a long, calming breath. Covid-19 is a nasty, nasty illness.* It is still an illness, though, not a permanent affliction. Like any illness, the most likely casualties are the elderly and those who are immunocompromised (in this case, particularly those with respiratory problems like asthma).

We’re all worried, but the overwhelming majority of us are going to be fine.

Please, in the midst of this media-fueled panic, try to remember those people who actually are at serious risk. Have some compassion for your neighbors. If you have six months worth of toilet paper, twenty gallons of milk, and 40 dozen eggs, I urge you to be better person and look around your community to those who have not been able to get next week’s groceries, let along a stockpile for the next half a year. Particularly the elderly and disabled who can’t (and shouldn’t have to) fight through the 500-person-queue outside of Target before they open.

Think rationally, have compassion, be generous. Be better than the rabid animals building nests of toilet paper and baby wipes that the media is presenting us all as.

And please, for the love of God and Country, avoid the crowds if you can. The majority of us are not going to die from Covid-19, but if we catch it we could spread it to the people who could. Listen to the CDC: practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice), cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze (and please do so into your elbow or a tissue, not your bare hand that’s going to be touching things), don’t touch your mouth/eyes/nose.

I’m doing well. My campus is currently closed, which I understand but am also extremely frustrated by (since I’m supposed to apply for transfer this year, but have no access to counseling or the transfer center). Classes are currently cancelled this week so those transitioning from on-campus classes to online classes can adjust. I’m an online education veteran, so I’m just chillin’. Aside from my boyfriend, I have no social contacts to speak of, so nothing has really changed for me except school.

I’ll be back to my usual limited social media presence after Easter. I’m still using Facebook messenger if anyone needs to contact me directly.

I love you all. Stay safe and take care of each other.

*When I first wrote this post, I misidentified it as a flu. It is not a flu. Coronaviruses are a different strain of virus completely separate and unlike flu viruses. That said, I stand by everything else I said. It is, for most, a temporary illness and the people who are most susceptible to it are the elderly and those with other underlying issues that may be exacerbated by the illness.

If you’re high-risk, I urge you to continue (or start) practicing social distancing and staying home unless unavoidable, wash your hands regularly, and do not touch your face. Wear rubber/latex/vinyl/nitrile gloves if you can get them. If you’re not high risk, please remember that you may contract the virus and not show any symptoms for more than a week, so please do all that stuff anyway to avoid potentially infecting those around you if you do get it and don’t know.

It’s been real

I’ve decided to take an extended vacation from the internet, including social media and blogging. A lot of factors went into this decision, but ultimately it came down to this:

Blogging and writing don’t make me happy anymore, and social media actively makes me angry and miserable.

I’m going to focus my time and energy on finishing school, finding a therapist, and living in the real world instead of the virtual one for a while.

This is the point where I usually say I’ll probably be back once the semester is over and you should watch this space for updates and blah, blah, blah. But, the truth is, I don’t want to live online anymore. Blogging and keeping up an online “presence” isn’t part of my plan for the foreseeable future.

So, I’m sorry for those that will miss me, but I’m probably not going to be coming back. I unpublished the Facebook for Aidan Mayhem and will be deleting Twitter and Instagram as well. I already stopped checking them (and it’s honestly been amazing).

I want to thank everyone who has supported me. Really, from the bottom of my heart, it’s meant the world to me. I wish everyone luck with their writing, blogging, art, and any other dreams. You’re amazing and I know you’re going to do incredible things.

I love you all.

*Note: I’ve disabled comments on this post, because every time I stop blogging to deal with life, people leave very sweet comments about how they’ll miss me and they hope I come back soon. And I appreciate them. I appreciate them so much that I’ll probably change my mind about leaving if I read them, and I really need to walk away from the virtual world for my mental health.