Uncertain is “not known or definite,” by definition. That is the only way I can describe what is going on in the world around us. Never in my years on Earth (almost 36 of them), have I seen something affect the world around me like COVID-19. It literally effects every person in one way or another.

There are those working, uncertain of how long a paycheck will continue. Those out of work, relying on a fraction of their normal income. Those losing loved ones to this virus. Those losing loved ones and not being able to travel to funeral services. Those working, taking care of patients, nursing home residents, or others, as they do day in and day out. The list is long, and full of uncertainty for most of us.

I am both a planner and a procrastinator. Sometimes type A, sometimes type B in my personality, depending on the situation. I find myself more anxious during these times of uncertainty.

We are stuck in this odd sci-fi movie-type of reality. What comes next? “What if” and “why” questions dot the landscapes of our conversations, as if we are toddlers eager to learn of the world around us.

Some media have referred to this as a “new normal.” I deviate from using this term because nothing about this is normal, and I am sure we all hope it is not indeed our new normal way of life. This isn’t normal… for anyone. Even those essential employees who are working day in and day out, longer hours, would agree. Nothing about this is normal.

Opinions are circling regarding the origin of the virus, and what we should or should not be doing to suppress its reach. I feel for the people who are making the big decisions about sheltering-in-place or closing businesses who desperately need to be open. No matter what is decided, someone will disagree and think they could do better.

Social media provides a platform for those who think they have all the answers. The anger and downright disrespect of others’ opinions is bountiful. Instead of trying to support leaders and decision makers, people are tearing them down from behind their keyboards. The fact of the matter is, if we were faced with these difficult decisions in a completely no-win situation, we may make unpopular decisions as well.

With all of the negativity and name-calling, there are still plenty of positives during this virus.

People are helping those around them, purchasing groceries for porch drop-off, supporting local businesses, feeding school children, not to mention spending more time at home with their families.

Take a look around and see how you can make a positive impact from your home. And before you are quick to disagree with decision-makers on social media, take a step back, and remember they are trying to protect your family, as they are their own family.