Pandemic Positivity #1: Radiate

Hole Malibu

“Pandemic Positivity?” you ask? Nope, I’m not happy there’s a pandemic. It scares me and saddens me and frustrates me. But I’ve been thinking a lot about the good that there is to be extracted from this bizarre and all too often tragic time. I know that the fear and tragedy and isolation has had a really intense effect on people who already had mental health struggles before this madness began, so I think it’s more important now than ever to spread positivity. And I want to try to use my blog to do that in my own way. So, every day during this thing – or whenever I can, no pressure, Kev – I’ll write about some things that are making me happy. And since this is a music blog after all, maybe I’ll throw in a song that’s in my head or is making me happy.

I’m going to try to keep these short-ish going forward, so you don’t have to read a massive paragraph every time before we get to the good stuff. And away we go!

  • Meditation is making me happy: This is a relatively new thing in my life and I’m glad I started practicing it semi-regularly before the world stopped, because I think it’s helped soothe my anxiety. And the idea for Pandemic Positivity came out of my meditation today!
  • Not commuting is making me happy: I’m really grateful to work for a company that so far is financially okay and is allowing us to work from home through the end of May (so far). Working from home means three amazing things for me: 1) I don’t have to get up at stupid o’clock (aka 5:30 am) and feel tired all day; 2) I don’t have to sit in moving sardine cans with thousands of other sardines for two and a half hours a day; and 3) I save a ridiculous amount of money on commuting costs. Like, you probably wouldn’t believe how much.
  • Hanging out with my family is making me happy: Don’t get me wrong: it’s not easy. All four of us have wanted to launch each other to Jupiter at one point or another. I think every family feels that way right now. And simultaneously working and making sure the boys are limiting their screen time, doing their school work, and not tearing each other’s heads off, is a challenge. But playing with them; walking with them; the four of us watching TV, doing puzzles and playing games; watching them be the goofballs that they are; all that is the best.
  • Hole’s “Malibu” is making me happy: Sometimes when I’m meditating and I find myself “thinking” too much, I try to focus on the word “radiate.” It was inspired by a combination of something I heard in a guided meditation (which I don’t do much – I prefer to just sit quietly) that talked about positivity radiating out of you, and a misheard line from the end of this song. I always heard, “And I just radiate” at the end, which I find really joyful. Turns out it’s, “The light just radiates.” I still like it. And I like that there’s just a hint of the apocalypse in the image I chose at the top from this video.

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