Perspective: Physically Distant, Socially Together

Mar 30, 2020

Stay six feet apart. Don’t leave home except for groceries and essentials. Don’t go to the playground and don’t go visit your neighbors. Spray all the doorknobs with Lysol every hour. This is all excellent advice for keeping your body healthy. It isn’t such a great way to nurture your soul.

For many of us, the social distancing mindset has left us feeling alone and anxious. For those living in abusive situations or with abusive partners or families, social distancing might even be dangerous. We’re missing trips, birthday parties, get-togethers, or just missing the person who used to check in on us each day at school or work. It is important to flatten the curve and keep our community healthy, but we can’t lose the connections that keep us safe.

I suggest we ditch the word social distancing and switch to physical distancing. Many prominent leaders are suggesting this and I’m jumping on board. We need to stay home. We need to keep our distance. We need to sacrifice so our brave healthcare workers, our loved ones, and our country can stay safe. But we don’t have to feel alone. We can be physically distant, but socially connected. Call a friend. Facetime your sister. Check in on that co-worker you’re worried about. Drop off groceries for your elderly neighbor. Be a voice of hope, even when you can’t be a helping hand. We may be standing apart, but we are still standing together. Physically distancing, but socially connected.

I’m Lynnea Erickson Laskowski, and that’s my Perspective.