When we were kids, an astounding amount of movement marked the passage of days. Learning how to play a different sport, riding bikes, and just jumping up and down out of excitement (and pure unadulterated excess energy) were hallmarks of childhood. But in adulthood, the days all start to sort of run together, and during the quarantine the monotony of zoom meetings and full inboxes only served to replace the more familiar monotony of rush hour traffic on 480 and fluorescent office lighting.
Growing up as a young lady is not easy, as it becomes apparent very early- maybe somewhere around the age of 6 or 7- that nothing is ever quite right about who you are or what you’re doing. You’re too loud or don’t speak up for yourself, too tall and intimidating or too short for a world built to scale for men, too fat or too skinny, too muscular or spindly and weak.
We are so close to the finish line, but with the end in sight, covid-related tension is at an all-time high. I can recall at least six separate articles published in the past week in which psychologists were interviewed by national publications to confirm our suspicion that everyone in the nation is hitting a “pandemic wall” this month.
As a massage therapist in the twilight of Covid, it has been a pleasure to care for people who have been stuck in their houses for months, working from home crunched up at their kitchen tables or other ad hoc home offices. It is satisfying to unwind these knots of tension in the same way it is soothing to watch a hot knife cut through butter, and the care that we have given at Sacred Hour for the last several months has carried with it a sense of duty it never did before because of the unique confluence of physical and emotional tension created by the circumstances.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie, Author and Journalist