Last stretch of the marathon

The end is in sight, but we’re not there yet. More and more people are getting vaccinated. Things are starting to open up. We are SO close, but let’s not give up or get too careless. This is a marathon and we are still running it. I think we hit our wall a ways back, so we can still push forward. Towards the finish line.

What does the finish line look like? I think it looks like a time when we can get together again with minimal risk and I think that time is coming soon, but we’re not there yet. So, I’m writing to encourage us today to continue to stay present and safe.

This has been a long tough year but things are changing. Let’s continue to keep on track for all of our safety and wellbeing.

WRITE:

I invite you to write today about all the things you want to do when it’s safe again. I also invite you to write about the things you realize you don’t actually miss, that maybe you are surprised that you don’t miss. And lastly, I invite you to write what things you have done to stay safe these past 12 months and what you will continue to do and what you will begin to ease up on.

If you have had COVID, write about how you will take care of yourself with any after-effects of it, how you will emotionally care for yourself around that. If you feel fine and that it doesn’t affect you- great- write about that and write about what you would do if you were to feel sad or overwhelmed.

Keeping up our mental emotional wellbeing is also a marathon- and one that doesn’t end. We must always care for ourselves emotionally- mentally, so we can be as strong as we can. We might go outdoors to a park or natural setting. We might meditate while looking at a houseplant. We might write every morning. Go to therapy. Take care of animals. Take a bath or other self care. All of these things and more are taking care of our mental emotional health. Let’s keep going with healthy emotional wellbeing.

Thank you for writing with us today. If you would like to write with us every week, please follow the blog. We’d love to have you.

Take care and be well,

Liza

Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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