An Emotional Temperature Check For The People

Justin Patton
5 min readJul 15, 2020

We all need to be asked if we’re okay.

Since a lot of places check your temperature before you walk in, I figured the same would apply to readers on Medium. Except this is more of an emotional temperature check. So with that being said, how’s everyone doing?

In these unprecedented times, nothing is the same. In just a few a months, the world has changed and it’ll never be the same. Yet no matter how crazy your situation may be, there is a silver lining in all of this, and I hope you’ve found yours.

After every dark night comes a brighter day. — Tupac Shakur

I hope that you’ve found ways to keep your anxiety under control.

I hope that people in your life have helped to keep your spirits lifted.

I hope there is peace in your home.

I hope that you’ve been able to find a piece of mind.

I hope you’re protecting your mind just as much as your body.

I hope that you’re gentle with yourself.

I hope someone has asked you if you’re okay.

Lately I’ve had a tough time getting a grip on everything that is going on. I have a bad habit of living in my head and overthinking, which almost always sends my mind down a dark path. I shut down emotionally, and my wife tries her best to figure me out. Sometimes I need to talk through my emotions. Other times I need to be alone.

With the world changing the way it is, I question if I am adapting. Having been married less than a year ago, I wonder if I’m fulfilling the commitment I made to my wife. I worry about my career, and why so often life seems so difficult just to survive and make a living. I walk a thin line between social media marketing, and digesting way too much media.

These were already things on my mind before we ever heard of Corona virus, so throw in a global pandemic and and my mind goes into overdrive.

Throw in blatant racism on top of that, where it seems like there is a war against people who look just like me, and I’m exhausted — mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Justin Patton

Spoken word artist and writer. Living my life and writing about it along the way, it just might inspire somebody. IG: @iamjustinpatton