daily creates get connected

 

 

I smiled as I turned up the volume on my favorite songs. The weather was finally starting to get warmer, and I could feel my mood elevating as I breathed in the fresh air that blew in from my car windows. I was excited about this semester, even though I knew it would be tough.  Suddenly, the music cut out. I frowned and fiddled around with the radio, still paying attention to the road ahead of me. A loud alarm blared through my speakers, and soon a monotone voice took over the radio: “This is not a test…The CDC has now announced its recommendation that every state goes into a federally mandated lockdown.” Pause. Repeat. Pause. Repeat. “Do not panic, this is not permanent. Please only make necessary trips outside of your home. More information is listed on the CDC’s website, as well as your local county’s website for more information.” Pause. Repeat. Pause. Repeat. I felt a stir of anxiety ripple through my body. The virus had been going on for a few months now, and I’ve been keeping my distance from people for sure, such as the air hug I gave to my sister just this morning, but I never thought we’d be placed on lockdown. My hand gripped the steering wheel a bit tighter, and I realized I was pulling down my street – I don’t even remember driving the rest of the way home. I wrestled with the anxiety that threatened the inner peace I had just felt moments ago, and sat in my driveway for a couple of minutes, hearing the message play over once again before cutting my car off completely.  Finally, I shook myself out of my mental trace and reached for my phone, smiling as I read the lock screen photo: “A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.” I breathed in, and out. Everything would be okay. 

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I hope you enjoyed the weaving of my daily creates into a quick little short story! Let me know what you think in the comments. 

 

 

 

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