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  • Writer's pictureCoralee Shaman

Are we all feeling this way? March will feel strange and familiar.

How is everyone feeling?

Personally I’m feeling meh... blah. I’m not depressed. I’m not joyful, I’m not burnt out, I think the best label is I’m languishing. The definition of languish is to lack vitality, to suffer from being forced to remain in an unpleasant place or situation.

I love my job, and the people in my life but I have zero motivation. At home my laundry is piled up, I have no motivation to cook or clean the kitchen. I’m not overly emotional, I’m just existing, waiting, scrolling, streaming.

I went to the Jets game last week (you know the one where Scheifele delivered another hat trick and we beat the wild), The state of languish took a back seat for a minute. It felt so strange and amazing to be there. Being at the game that night, being at the arena, with fellow Winnipeger’s made me feel something. It proved

that we are social beings. I felt that It’s not just a hockey game. It’s community, it’s childhood friends coming together, it’s a reminder of spirit , who I am , where I come from and where I belong.

These past two years we’ve had to drop the things that allow us to connect socially. In doing that I feel Some of us have misplaced a part of who we are and we can’t seem to feel like ourselves. Manitoba has set the date of March 1 to be when the population can legally ignore vaccination status in public places. March 15 is when wearing masks will not be mandated. As we venture out of our caves mandate free, it’s going to feel strange and familiar all at the same time. I want you to know, I am with you. I miss you. I am here for you.

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