Thanks, Elton John

I had a dream last night that I was front and center at an Elton John concert. No one wore masks and no one was social-distancing. There was just fantastic music. Actually, he was playing just one song.

Don’t you know
I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
And I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life
Without you on my mind

I’m still standing
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
I’m still standing
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)

Maybe this is my new theme song. God knows I’ve been through a lot this year. I probably had COVID-19 back in March before we even knew what it was. I couldn’t get tested because I didn’t meet all the guidelines – no fever, no shortness of breath. Still, I was sick for over three weeks with a horrible cough, fatigue, and the most telling – losing my sense of taste. I know now that it was likely a lighter case of the virus. But, I was sicker than I’ve been in a long time.

I’m still standing
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)

I was furloughed back in July and spent the better part of three months job hunting and collecting unemployment for the first time in my life. I spent most of my time networking, writing, applying, and interviewing. Rinse and repeat. I’ll say this – looking for a new job is no picnic in normal times. During a pandemic, it can seem like an eternity.

I’m still standing
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)

Everyone in our household was affected by quarantine in different ways. Jenna had to leave college early and finish the semester from home. Andrew couldn’t hang out with his friends or play sports and had figure out how to go to school remotely. Both my husband and I were also working from home. We realized how much we missed the commutes we used to complain about all the time. But, they were a clean separation from work life and family. And while we love each other dearly, it wasn’t easy being on lockdown for so long. Our dog, Chloe, was the only one who loved every minute of it.

I’m still standing
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)

It’s been an adjustment for all of us this year. Little things that we took for granted like going to our children’s activities to canceling vacations and sacrificing big events like bar mitzvahs and weddings all went by the wayside. Even now, we are still trying to figure out our comfort levels as we head into an uncertain winter season. Who will we let into our quarantine bubble? Are we comfortable eating indoors at restaurants? How will we spend the holidays? There is still much more ahead of us. But, we can pat ourselves on the back a little and remember…

We’re still standing
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)

 

 

5 comments on Thanks, Elton John

  1. Cindy Rae Fancher
    October 25, 2020 at 11:16 am (1 month ago)

    It has been a hard year, one so different from any other. So full of choices we have had to make and as you said still have to make and choices made for us that have had such an impact, changing us forever I think. Thank you for sharing and I am so glad you are still standing!

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  2. Dr.Amrita Basu
    October 25, 2020 at 1:44 pm (1 month ago)

    Such a timely post.Its been so long that sometimes the life last year seems like a dream.But yes we are still standing.

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  3. ginia
    October 25, 2020 at 2:04 pm (1 month ago)

    Yes we are still standing. things have been very hard this year but life still goes on. This time around with masks and sanitizers.

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  4. Martha
    October 25, 2020 at 10:39 pm (1 month ago)

    What a dream and it is a perfect song for sure! I’ve haven’t minded working from home and I’ve tried to keep some sort of normalcy with the family. But lately I fell like I’m ready to lose it, it’s been long enough but I’m still standing.

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  5. Roy A Ackerman, PhD, EA
    October 26, 2020 at 1:37 pm (1 month ago)

    I knew the year was going to suck when the Seders became virtual…
    Sorry to hear about the furlough. That makes the pandemic even tougher to stomach.

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