There’s nothing quite like a global pandemic to put things into perspective. COVID-19 has shaken me, my family and our world. Literally tossing us around like a rag doll as we all continue to fall into a deepened state of equal parts confusion and fear. As the severity of the pandemic has grown, my heart breaks a little more for the world each day. How can I be sad, when I have so much to be grateful for? All I know if I feel as though the world will never be the same after this, and it has already changed me.
After a while, it becomes undoubtedly necessary to understand how the Internet impacts your well-being, whether it’s your sleep, your habits, your ability to focus, your self-image, or one's self-worth, and it has undoubtedly reached its a place where it’s influenced me for better or worse. This time has changed the way I think about the act of disengaging with the digital world in the form of “influencing”. I'm saying farewell indefinitely to Freckles on Fillmore. The doors that have been opened, but most importantly the wonderful friends I've made along the way I'm forever grateful.
It might come back one day in a different form, but for now, all I know is that after the contagion slows, and the world comes alive again it's going to take time to heal, and time to mourn, and time to move on, and, for me, disengaging from the influencing universe will leave me with more time to do just that. More time to connect, more time to grow, and be truly present in this world. Thank you for all who truly supported me on this journey. I won’t forget it.