Kristen Abram
2 min readApr 1, 2020


An image of an old abandoned car in a ghost town
Image courtesy of ArtTower on Pixabay

My husband and I were feeling the effects of being isolated for 19 days, and were feeling a little stir crazy so we went for a drive last night and what we saw was haunting. There’s no one anywhere… businesses are closed up and the roads are virtually empty. This all feels so surreal, like we are walking around in some sort of dream and I’m just waiting to wake up.

We live on the outskirts of a relatively large city, and even going in to town is the same. Roads that used to have lots of traffic are practically empty. The highways have little to no traffic.

Like I mean it’s great. People are self isolating. They are doing their part to stop the spread, but it’s just so… lonely.

The only places that are still open, like grocery stores, have long line ups to get in with everyone standing at least six feet away from each other. I wonder how long people are standing out in the rain hoping to just get a bag of toilet paper, or maybe some diapers… when will things be “normal” again? Will they ever go back to the way they were, or will we ease into a new version of normal. Has the world as we knew it ended and a new world emerging?

This is actually an exciting time to be alive.

On some levels, it’s depressing and scary, but on other levels this is actually an exciting time to be alive. I honestly never thought that in my lifetime I would see a world changing event on this grand of a scale and I am waiting to see just how it all plays out in the end.

I have read a lot of fascinating theories. Some logical, others… a little out there. But at the end of the day, those are nothing more than hypotheses based on a specific set of criteria and no one actually knows for sure what will happen. I just hope it will all be over soon. The longer this goes on, the more people get sick.

Just please, be safe out there. This virus is no joke. It’s claiming lives daily. Lots of them, and I don’t want anyone to end up a statistic. I know it’s hard, but if you can stay home, do stay home. If you’re having a hard time feeling isolated, go ahead and reach out to someone. There is always someone to talk to, even if it’s your local crisis hotline.



Kristen Abram

Loving mom and wife, living the homestead dream. Urban homesteading, preparing to head north and build a farm from scratch.