The World Feels Different Now

Paula High-Young
5 min readMay 10, 2020

There’s an Odd Nebulous Upside-down-ness to it All.

I still can’t seem to wrap my mind around all the craziness happening around us — around the world. I know, the stay-at-home orders have been going on for at least two months now, in most of the United States, anyway.

And yet… I’ll be going along, doing things I need to do around the house, and working in my home office. Everything seems Ok but then…

A “Twilight Zone” meme circulated on Facebook, regarding the strange COVID-19 stay-at-home shut-down we’ve been experiencing.

I turn on The Weather Channel or something, and I remember how things are like an episode of The Twilight Zone.

I see the relatively new commercials — reminding us of the strange times we’re living in, to stay home, and to order take out or delivery from our favorite restaurants — to help them stay in business.

Maybe part of my difficulty is — some of this is kind of normal for me, and some of it isn’t. I’ve been working from home (as a writer and health coach) for a few years. I spend most days alone at home, in my office. The majority of my meetings are on Zoom videoconferencing.

I don’t have kids, and my husband works a couple of hours away. So in this regard, only a few things have changed for me during the bizarre COVID Shut-down.

Photo by Jakub Kriz on Unsplash

But the feel of things has changed somehow. Some days, it causes my brain to feel muddled and unfocused. On those days, I feel like I’m wandering around and lose track of what I’m supposed to be doing. And much to my dismay, those kinds of days seem to be increasing.

The main changes in my week to week life? I am ordering pretty much everything online now. I use drive-up windows where available — like at the pharmacy and bank. I don’t go into stores or other places. While I’ve worn a mask into most places for a few years (due to chemical sensitivity) — now I wear one anytime I’ll be around almost anyone.

I’m ordering my groceries and having them delivered — never did that before. I would never have imagined…



Paula High-Young

Holistic health writer & editor. Life & Wellness coach. “Ham radio” operator KZ5YL, photographer, & hot-air balloon pilot.