Hurricanes cause a contagious panic. There’s a rush to buy water, buy plane tickets, buy generators…. the list goes on and on.
But no matter what, the common thread is panic since there is so much scary uncertainty.
This picture was taken last week as the boyfriend and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset on our rooftop in Miami. It’s crazy to think this loud, vibrant city is almost completely empty of people after our mandatory evacuation.
I started this week stressed about heading to Toronto for the next month for work. I figured my flight from Florida to Canada would have me feeling nervous and lonely about being in foreign city for so long.
Instead I worried about my family in Sarasota, Tallahassee, Naples, and Key West. I thought about my friends in dozens of other Florida towns preparing for the uncertainty of Irma.
The craziest part about this? My work trip to Canada ended up being my plane ticket out of Irma’s way for our mandatory evacuation from Miami.
Who knows where Irma is going to hit, or what kind of damage it will cause, but one thing is for sure… there is nothing like a hurricane to really make you realize what is important in life.
You can lose your possessions, you can lose a week of work and previous planned engagements, but your family and friend are the most important things to keep close and protect.
So what did I pack as I was evacuating Miami? I can’t fit my family and all my friends in my pocket, so instead I took the basics. Important documents, the doll I’ve had since I was born, and a few of my favorite photos of my family and friends.
Material possessions an be bought again, the people you love are once in a lifetime.
Take care of yourself and your loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Florida.