The past 3 months have been surreal. Being in quarantine isn’t something I ever expected to experience, but here we are. But I have to say-these past 3 months have come with a silver lining or two.

The thing that I didn’t expect was the number of people that reached out to say hello,to see how I was, or simply to chat. People that I haven’t talked to in months, but suddenly we were catching up and enjoying each other’s company.

I didn’t think I’d enjoy using Zoom this much, simply because vanity and self-consciousness are big monsters. But I I got over myself, and it became easier to zoom to check with friends, colleagues and clients. After I got over my bad hair and dodgy sweats, it became easier to reach out and have a video call with someone who was lonely and truly distressed about our current situation.

It surprised me how this quarantine allowed people’s walls to come down. For one thing, many women (and let’s be honest, some men too!) stopped wearing makeup and doing up their hair. I got to see how a lot of people really look away from a networking event! I got to see people’s houses, backyards, pools, family rooms. And I got to meet many husbands and children-a rather nice touch.

I’ve had so many deeply, deeply personal conversations with people. Conversations that we wouldn’t have had under other conditions. I am humbled by the number of people who shared their fears and concerns with me, concerns of all kinds. I’m deeply touched by the number of people who have called me just to say hi, and to see how I was. I am amazed at how vulnerable some people have been, how honest they’ve been in sharing their fears.

This time of isolation has also given me the luxury of introspection. Never before have I had time to seriously sit around and DO NOTHING…and then think about where I want my life to go. I’ve found some incredibly inspirational podcasts and TedTalks.

After I turned off the news and negative posts, I turned to the positive. And I made some amazing connections with a few women I hadn’t had a chance to really get to know up to now. Covid-19 has given me the chance to make friends with women I haven’t spent a lot of time with. It’s also shown me I do have a lot of friends out there.

In that sense, being in isolation has definitely had positive side effects for me. But today is the day that I leave my home and drive downtown. Today I need to be with people. Yes, I need to be with people despite the Corona virus threat still strong. I’ve spoken with enough friends to know that there’s a lot of hurt and pain out there, and going to today’s protest is an action I–we–need to take.

I sincerely hope you’ve been able to appreciate this time at home in isolation. But I also look forward to the day when when can once again raise a glass together and celebrate LIFE and friendship.

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Loreto Cheyne

www.loladesign.ca

613.371.3281

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