I Can Do The Same (Even During a Pandemic)

In the way that you cry when you’re tired and lonely, I am reminded that I can do the same.

In the way that you allow yourself to be held, comforted, and kissed by someone who loves you, I am reminded that I can do the same.

In the way that you continue to eat regular meals, to nap, to laugh, to demand to be taken outside for a walk in nature every single day with your family even when it’s raining. I am reminded that I can (and should) do the same.

In the way that you play and move your body, wiggling and bouncing and flailing, all while living in a world that feels still and stuck in this terrifying moment in time. I am reminded that I can do the same.

In the way that you are happier when you listen to music and sing along, without worrying how silly and off key you sound, I am reminded that I can do the same.

In the way that you smile first thing in the morning after opening your eyes because once again, you are alive and full of wonder. You start your day without weighty expectations of yourself or others. I am reminded that I can do the same.

In the way that you trust others to care for you, to know more than you because you are by no means the expert, to keep you safe. I am reminded that I can do the same.

In the way you forgive others who make mistakes and do the wrong thing because after all, they may not know what the right thing is in a brand new and overwhelming situation. I am reminded that I can do the same.

In the way that you look at the world with nonjudgemental curiosity, free from wondering what will happen tomorrow or even five minutes from now, but instead live and breathe and simply exist in every moment as it arrives.

I am reminded that I, too, can do the same.

Photo by Emma Frances Logan Photography

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