Strange times, eh? And such a quick, sudden shift for just about everything. Aside from whiplash, how are you holding up?
I find myself going back and forth between trying to continue some semblance of business as usual, and being in shock at how this is not business as usual at all.
In the business as usual category, we’re coming up on Spring and all that entails. The yard needs some clean-up, gardens need to be tended, and so on. The weather continues, and birds and animals are out and about as if nothing is different.
The shock comes from looking at the news. I’m not sure my brain is equipped to process everything that is going on.
On one hand, things seem bad. This virus is just getting going. We are in this for a long haul. Panic-buying is occurring at grocery stores. Financial markets are being wiped out. The entire country is increasingly closed. Our healthcare system isn’t designed for this.
Knowing that many people live paycheck to paycheck means that within a week or so, enormous numbers of people are likely to become desperate.
If I start imagining the cascading effects, I can get depressed.
On the other hand, perhaps this is an event that ultimately cause changes for the better. It’s astounding to me how “socialist” centrist Democrats and Republicans have become in a matter of days. Mitt Romney proposed sending $1000 to every adult each month until this is over (but don’t elect Yang!). Others are proposing free healthcare and paid family leave (but don’t vote for crazy Sanders!) The optimist in me hopes that when this is all over, some of these crazy socialist ideas become standard, so that when this sort of thing happens again in a year or two, we’re better prepared.
So what to do? It seems like we should be making plans to stay inside and avoid people for quite a while, perhaps months.
Usually when we have a big crisis, we come together. We work together side by side to solve the problem. In this case, we have to solve this in semi-isolation, and virtually. It’s weird.
It’s more than just weird, it is surreal. The world of a month ago is gone.
We’ll have to find ways to keep our spirits up. We’ll have to get creative about finding things to do with out time. We can clean our houses and apartments top to bottom. We can tackle projects we’ve put off until there is time. Write that novel! Read that epic tome! Compose that symphony! Learn that foreign language!
As it warms, we can get out into the sun and air a bit. Exercise helps.
Pets are good distractions if you have them. They are innocently unaware of global news, and are rock solid in their commitment to routine. Playtime will not and cannot be cancelled or postponed!
Specific to this site, we’re going to need some people to write up some book and movie reviews, or offer up suggestions for passing the time. We’re also going to need people to remain calm and help others remain calm. If you have ideas or suggestions, add ’em.
And, hang in there. Hopefully the shutdowns and precautions will keep us all safe.