Today, marks 11 months of the United States classifying COVID-19 as a National Emergency. It has been a trying time for several of the world’s population, including autistics who abruptly and for many times several months have had their daily routines, something we thrive in be uprooted and a long sense of unknown. Then came the summer and fall that wasn’t really fun for many. Lastly, we have had a severe winter across much of the United States that has made many of us have increased cabin fever due to the necessity of staying indoors.
I personally consider myself fortunate opposed to others in the US and UK, among other places in the world. I still have program and work, but with telehealth appointments and needing to be in a private area to conduct them, among other volunteer and work commitments that prefer for me to stay home, it can be challenging at time, when you do want to run out of things to do. Granted I will be back to my normal schedule after being reduced since a few weeks before Christmas because my supervisor asked me for her help with things that need my skill. It is likely that the weather will be nice here and allow me to go to work without an issue tomorrow. The day program is open on Saturday this week for social hours and the Program Director and one of the workers that I value very much have been assigned to work it so that makes me happy too and makes the extra day at home during the week worth it.
The hardest time to remain occupied is after the program or work world shuts down for the day. Yes, there is always loose ends to tie up and I could advance on some of the work of the two, but I have to consider time with my special interests and the things that need done at the house, like straightening up for example along with several other commitments that need to be completed. Many in the autism world would have to think of it to be abnormal to start my life over during a national pandemic. This past weekend feeling in poor spirits made me consider whether I had made an ill decision about making a move and not having the ability to be as mobile as I once was. Then I had to remember that I have to control what I am putting in my body, no one else can do that. No, its not easy to sit here thinking that you have nothing to do, when instead the possibilities are limitless. Honestly, find a hobby, technology has made great advancements over the years. When I was introduced to the internet over twenty-five years ago, it was known as the “Information Superhighway.” As many autistics that oftentimes take things literally liked to look at strange things that I had interest in. As the decades passed, the information has increased.
One could not even imagine if we had the pandemic, we are in now more 25 or even 20 years from now. I praise the good man above each morning for the technological advances we have made and the ability to keep occupied with the internet and other devices. I personally feel bad for people I know who do not have access to the internet. Libraries in my area are not a help presently, as many of them are only offering curbside service to their patrons at the current time. For some, places like the Library is the only place where persons who are less fortunate can browse the web or even get warm for that matter. When the Internet is not working, or as many are experiencing as the weather cripples our grid, technology shortage, please remember the less fortunate.
Hang tight, followers, we only hopefully have a little bit to go in this pandemic. It has taught us many things about being isolated in a world that a year ago was a social buzz of activity. Many have grasped the reality of using technology, although for some it isn’t their preferred way to socialize, many have been resilient in maintaining their well-being and keeping the glue together for those that lean on thee stronger supporting individuals for support. Lastly, we all need support, don’t be afraid to ask someone for it, because they may need it someday from you.