Everything is Fine
Written by: Collette Cottingham; Writer in Residence
You feel blindsided…like being punched in the gut…when the unexpected has appeared in my life I do the most logical thing… I sit in the quiet.
Alone with my thoughts, gives me the time to take everything in. I began to process, I feel all the rainbow of emotions and then the overthinking begins.
When this phase begins I realize it is time to clear the air. I head outside for a power walk. Out in the world, I see more clearly. I began to map out a plan. I find peace and calm. I know this is just another chance to learn and grow. I will be okay. Everything will be fine.
Covid was first spoken in 2019. I heard of shut downs. I knew it would come, but hoped it wouldn’t. It did in March of 2020. I was separated from my communities, friends and family, thank goodness I still had work and Consciously
My Consciously Woman community continued to flourish. I had a beautiful support system. I wasn’t alone, everything was fine.
Soon my other communities moved online. My dance community moved outdoors. Dancing in the wind, rain, snow, ice and sunshine. I became alive. My senses found the most amazing things in nature. I was given gifts every day, everything was fine.
My life changed, because of Covid. I now see an end in sight. I am looking forward to live music in the streets, the wobbly table at the corner coffee shop, and big hugs.
I hope my dance community never goes back indoors. I love dancing outside…no matter the weather. I hope the walking paths stay busy, I hope the caring and generosity continue.
“I’m fine, it’s fine. everything is fine.”