A Strange New World
It’s been an extremely odd last couple of weeks. I went from being a dude that was able to go out and do whatever I wanted to a guy that was restricted to his house for the majority of the day – adjustment has been difficult. All of these articles you read telling you about the wonderful things that you could be (re)discovering while you work from home… play board games, read books, cook wonderful time-consuming dinners, watch all of the movies, etc… all of this is true. It does take time to get used to though – when your world gets flipped upside down (bonus point for anyone that read it in the Fresh Prince tune) like it has for many of us it’s a strange existence. It’s not the fear of getting the virus that I’m afraid of, it’s the time that it will take for things to go back to normal.
When will sports resume? Going to a pub with a buddy? Having lunch with people from work? None of these questions are even close to being answered. Trying to stay informed is fairly easy right now with nothing else to report on (Tom Brady somehow still wins), the entire world is on pause right now. There are a few sides that you can see on social media. Some people are afraid and are posting things that the Government should do (becoming upset when it doesn’t happen the way they believe it should) and/or becoming vigilantes for the general public of things they see wrong. Others (myself included) are trying to make light of the situation ease their own tension behind the severity of the virus. Lastly, you have the realists that know we haven’t seen the peak of this, and expect things to get much worse.
I’m trying to stay positive during this whole time. I do believe Canada got ahead of the virus quicker than other countries. It would be difficult for me to believe otherwise. My personality doesn’t suit a doomsday persona. I’m abiding by all the rules and know the severity of the situation… it’s just not healthy for me to believe that I won’t be able to enjoy the company of others through the summer months – taking it week by week is the healthiest approach for my own personal sanity. Eating properly, exercising, writing, keeping things light on social media, and staying productive while I work from home is how I’m surviving this. Adjustments are being made daily – it’s easy to get into a mode of extreme routine. Unfortunately, this becomes problematic after even a couple of days.
Others will have zero issues handling this. Many people seem like they’ve been training their entire lives for this. It really is as easy as sitting on the couch and keeping yourself entertained. It’s interesting watching people handle this situation online. None of it is incorrect, other than sharing misinformation. I’m trying to keep an open mind that not everybody will handle this the same and that people on social media are scared and they’re digesting everything the only way their body will process the fear.
After this is all over there are multiple things that will be interesting to watch moving forward…
- Will this be the kickstart that the world needs to see to try to solve global warming?
- Is technology going to be as heavily relied on for entertainment? It’s one of our sole sources currently.
- How will the economy bounce back? Will we go into a multi-year recession?
- Will Governments be more prepared for the next time this happens?
- What will Charmin (toilet paper company) do first when they purchase the country of Ukraine?
This is the weirdest situation that I’ve ever witnessed. During 9/11 we had a bad guy(s) to blame and it was simpler to understand how to keep people safe. This is a silent killer that we can’t blame (unless you are Trump blaming China). The fix is not easy, it requires an adjustment across the entire world. With over-population and the ease of travel all over the world, this virus will definitely have staying power. In years past with deadly diseases we couldn’t travel as simply to spread it – this made it so much easier to contain. Now we have to deal with misinformation, ignorance, unpreparedness, fear, and a global spread. Fuck, this is depressing! It’s only been a short time of course, and at the end of the day, we are really only being told to stay home. My job has been fantastic with the pandemic and the team that I lead has been phenomenal during this whole ordeal. There is no doubt that my situation is ideal compared to some… it is still taking time for me to adjust, and the way I deal with processing issues is downloading my thoughts into my blog (you must sanitize your hands when leaving my brain).
Also, yes, I realize that Facetime is being used commonly to communicate. I find it to be very similar to having a conversation with a girlfriend in grade 11 over the phone. You are constantly interrupting each other by accident, making small talk about nothing, and struggle with when it’s time to hang up. If I’m going to partake in a (buddy) date it will be while enjoying a pint of Guinness, asking for the bill when it’s obvious that the hangout is done (two empty Guinness glasses)… this is my preferred type of hangout. You shake their hand or give them a hug and wander home feeling a bit better about the world.
(virtual) Cheers to hoping things get back to normal sooner rather than later.
Stay safe out there!