It’s Okay not to be Okay

Written on by Kathryn Lerro

I haven’t been feeling great lately: not sick . . . just not quite right.

I’ve been feeling edgy . . . like I’m waiting for something bad to happen . . . like I’m waiting for another bad thing to happen . . . waiting for the proverbial “other shoe” to drop—that’s how I’ve been feeling.

I can’t remember the last time I woke up feeling well-rested and eager for a new day to begin.

I can’t remember the last time I had a really good laugh.

I’ve been having a hard time focusing on conversations because my mind always seems to be somewhere else.

Lately, when I walk out my front door, I get this nagging feeling that I’m forgetting something. I look down to be sure I have a mask with me, ready to put on if anyone gets near me. Surely the mask is what I’m afraid I’ve forgotten, but I can’t shake the feeling.

Several weeks ago, I was wandering around on YouTube, watching a few minutes of one video, then switching to another, just seeing what other videos came up. I happened upon a video of a woman with a great Scottish accent. She was a sturdy woman with a lovely, wise face. She was looking directly into the camera and she said something like this:

“If you aren’t feeling okay right now, don’t worry. It isn’t just you. These are hard times for everyone. We’re all feeling the strain. Trust me, it will be okay.”

I paraphrased her words here because I couldn’t find the video again, but I wish I could—I’d watch it over and over. Strangely, I felt as if she was speaking directly to me. She spoke with gentleness, but also with authority, and even though she was younger than I am, it was as if my mother was speaking to me.

After I heard her words, I felt so much better.

I’m still feeling all the things I was feeling before, but they aren’t worrying me now. I realize there’s nothing really wrong with me, I’m just responding to the extraordinarily difficult times we’re all living through.

And I know I’ll be okay.


If you have concerns about your own emotional health or that of a loved one, please take time to visit the CDC* website devoted to managing the stresses of life during the coronavirus pandemic. This site contains a wealth of valuable information, including a list of free resources. I encourage you to check it out.     

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html


* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   

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About Kathryn

Kathryn Lerro

Hi, I’m Kathryn Lerro, mother of two lovely daughters, wife of one fine man.

After 24 years of wandering (thanks to my husband’s Air Force career), we are back home on the East Coast. We currently live in Philadelphia where I enjoy writing, taking long walks, decorating my front window in South Philly tradition, talking to interesting people and eating great food.

As I’ve met people on my travels I’ve become keenly aware that most of us could use a healthy dose of encouragement. It is for this reason that I try to weave a message of hope into everything I write.

About Mindy

Mindy Haas

Hi, I am Melinda Haas, but you can call me Mindy.   A true introvert, I delight in solitude with a good book or a movie.  I like dabbling in nature photography while taking rigorous hikes.  I adore my husband who is a ton of fun.  He shares my wanderlust as well as my appetite for Indian and Thai food.  Very often, you’ll find us dancing to Cumbia in the kitchen while we make dinner.   We also love road tripping and exploring new places. (New England is our new favorite!)

Through my writing, I want to encourage and embolden others to push past the limits they place on themselves.  I want to help people see that they can accomplish more than they think they were capable of.

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