April 13, 2020 - 3:30pm -- staubach.9@osu.edu

Sometimes, it is okay to feel out of control. Sometimes, it is okay to say goodbye. Sometimes you must walk away from what was and walk into what will be. We have all tried to hide away for as long as we can but, one day we must confront the truth and come to the realization that our world is illuminated by the light we cast.

As we look forward to what will come in the next few weeks and the institutionalization of new protocol to keep us all safe, I must admit that I am fearful. I am afraid that what I once knew will no longer be. That relationships I had built may have faded away.

I am worried that I will have lost some skills and abilities that I once possessed. I am nervous that I have learned only to live with myself and have forgotten how to live with others.

Fear is healthy. Fear is a reminder of your drive to survive.

Surviving is not enough, though. We must strive to thrive. Thriving can be difficult in adverse conditions.

That is why, it is important to set for yourself personal, professional, and emotional goals.

I encourage you to take time this week to jot down five personal goals that you can and should achieve over the next five weeks. They could be simple, like contacting 5 people you love every day. Or they could be more difficult, like learning to build a coffee table.

Somewhere on that list you need to put down to take time for yourself. I am terrible at selfcare and in many ways consider selfcare to be a privilege afforded to those who have the time and money to do so but, this pandemic has forced me to look at life differently and I must admit that I was wrong.

Cutting out all the extra social engagements, evening meetings and weekend commitments I have been able to look inside and ask myself some important questions about who I am and what I want. But, the best part is that I have been able to find some answers to those introspective questions.

I encourage you to find time amidst this chaos to reflect and think through your hopes, dreams, wishes, and goals. The gift of this physical distancing is the opportunity to learn to get along with yourself.