A World Like You’ve Never Known

March 16, 2020

You’re concerned. You’re confused. You’re scared. It’s not easy to admit, but you are filled with worry and strife. 

You’ve never known a world like the one that stands today. You’ve never known a life like this. 

You make jokes to cover the fear. You laugh to hide the watery eyes and troubled facial expressions. Humor helps hide the raw emotion your heart doesn’t want exposed. 

You are taking things seriously. You wonder why some of the world isn’t. You try not to judge others, but when you see carelessness, it sends chills down your spine and an ache in your gut. 

You want lasting safety. You pray for lasting health. You want normalcy but more than anything you want security and a future with those you love. 

You watch the news. It fills you with anxious thoughts and immense worry. You wonder what things will look like when it’s all over. You wonder if it will ever be all over. 

In a matter of days, the world has changed. Your heart is heavier and more exposed than usual. What we do now, in these first days and moments, is what will have the most significant impact. You hope people pay close attention and act with swift care and concern. 

Ultimately, you distance yourself, you stay in, and you love your people fiercely. 

You change plans. You adapt. You take a flexible approach, and through the fear and stress, you watch the world from afar and pray things will be ok. 

xox, Chels

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

A thirty-something wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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