Today really will be a mumbled and short blog post. It’s 8.35 a.m as I’m typing this and I have no idea of what to write. As I sit drinking my second coffee of the day, the temptation to not write anything because that little voice in my head says, “Dude, nobody really cares what you have to say. Why don’t you just look at some funny cat videos, instead?” This time last week I was exhausted after being up half the night with the massive earthquake New Zealand was struck with. Today, I’m a little less tired, and a little less stressed, but it hasn’t been a great week for me. It hasn’t been a great week for many New Zealanders, especially those closer to the quake’s epicenter in the South Island.
So I try to put things into perspective – as you do. Yes, I’m worried and on edge about another big aftershock hitting…but at least my family and friends all came through the quake relatively unscathed. Yes, I am way behind writing my next book as I’m finding it almost impossible to be creative at the moment…but at least I have power, running water, a roof over my head. The only step I could take, this weekend, was to get our family as prepared as possible. So we moved a ton of books that could potentially fall on us from our bedroom, secured some hutch dressers to the walls so they won’t fall, bought extra containers of water and food and repacked our emergency supplies, and talked to the kids about worse-case-scenarios of what to do if we’re not together when another big quake happens. It’s sobering stuff, and I really encourage all of you, no matter where you are in the world, to have an emergency plan and supplies in place in preparation for a natural disaster. Because while I am still worried about aftershocks (I’m a natural born worrier, it’s a gift born of an overactive imagination!) I do now feel I’ve done as much as I can humanly do to ensure we’ll be okay.
I’m going to leave you with this quote I found on Pinterest. I really like it, and will keep looking at it today to remind me to listen to that other little voice.
P.S Check out the the New Zealand Civil Defence page for ideas on getting you and your family prepared. Click here.