It's been awhile.
The last time I posted was on Earth Day, April 22nd, and now here we are in June.
Today, June 5th, just happens to be World Environment Day.
Everyone has been talking about how the earth has been able to heal and breathe while we've all been quarantined and under curfew or lockdown for the past few months. I had really hoped all that indoor time would mean that the environment would truly be cleaner and free of garbage, but that isn't the case at all.
During a beach walk on Sunday, I picked up plastic along the shore.
And on a walk the next day, I passed by a park only to see trash strewn all over.
When January 1st rolled around, I had high hopes for 2020.
A year of perfect vision as I saw it.
The words and mantra I chose were
FOCUS, FOLLOW-THROUGH, FINISH!
I started off strong, but by the end of February, Covid-19 was here and nothing has been the same since.
And we now have a new kind of litter to deal with.
We are on day 80-something of quarantine.
A partial curfew started March 14th and then from May 11th through the 30th we were put on full lockdown with (thankfully) a 2-hour period (4:30-6:30 p.m.) for exercise within our own neighborhoods.
My husband and I took full advantage of that time to walk.
As a homebody, I always have plenty of things to keep me busy, but for my husband, it was a bit of a struggle. He has never sat still or been at home for that length of time.
He was finally able to return to work this past Sunday, though once again with shortened hours. There aren't enough businesses open yet and therefore not enough customers.
We have a 12-hour window for movement, 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Masks are supposedly mandatory but there are many who don't wear them. I take mine with me and wear it when necessary. If am walking alone and there is no one around, then I see no reason to keep it on.
I even crocheted one and tried it out one night. Although comfortable, I did wake up with a few bumps on my cheek the next day so I'm not sure if it was from the heat or from the cotton I used.
A proposed re-opening of the country is planned through September.
It's going to be a very slow process.
So back to this year and how it is unfolding.
If you've followed me for very long, you know that I always try to see the bright side and stay positive, but my mind is currently racing with all that's happening in the United States. It is necessary for me to write my thoughts down just to keep them from swirling around in my head.
I am disgusted and appalled that we are still steeped in the lies of the past.
We need progressive ideas to shake people up and wake them from their slumber.
Humans are designed for forward motion yet some people dig their heels in so they can continue living off the backs of others.
To stop moving and evolving is to become stagnant and that's when the scum starts to take over.
Corrupt politicians and intolerant individuals perpetuate the economic inequality and systemic discrimination that tears away at the fabric of any society. It has gone on for far too long and change is much needed.
I do not understand why people get all up in arms when they hear the words "progressive" or "liberal". Unlike the current status quo, there is no hidden agenda. We should all be in favor of public policy that rectifies the detrimental impact of the moral floundering and ethical failings that we are currently faced with.
In order to stay optimistic, I have to believe that we are at a turning point. This will be the year of upheaval so that next year, and in the years to come, we can look back and realize that it was a year of shifting and refocusing for a better future.
I hope that you are all well.