COVID-19 Pandemic, Be Kind, and Stay Home

Like much of America and other countries around the world, I’m under Stay at Home orders. It is not fun, but it is necessary, and we’ll make the best of it. My family and I are in a good position, and I am thankful for that. We have been preparing ourselves at home for a little over three years to be in a better position when a natural disaster occurred, or in this case, a global pandemic. Preparing hasn’t been easy, but we have a plan that we have been following. We aren’t there yet, but we continue to add to our disaster preparedness as we can.

Hard work and planning aside, I do acknowledge the privileges my family is awarded (not sure awarded is the best word choice, but you get it). There probably are some of you saying if you worked for it and prepared for it, that is not a privilege. Frankly, I used to feel that way. Privilege doesn’t negate your efforts, but we all have the privilege of not having to face certain obstacles. Some may face more obstacles than others. Some people are more comfortable than I am, and I definitely have it easier than others. The fact that I was able to get an education that allowed me to get my job, and that I can work from home without the fear of losing my job – that is a privilege. My wife is in the same position, though, as a Registered Nurse, she is facing her own challenges with this pandemic.

That said, my heart goes out to those and their families who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. I wish you all speedy recoveries, and please do all you can to stay safe and healthy.

I feel awful for all of those who have been affected by this economically. Especially all of those who came to work every day to make our days better and a bit easier. The restaurant and beverage workers, people who keep our supply chain running smoothly, grocery workers, medical professionals, and especially those on the front lines of this pandemic. Your contribution is heroic. Thank you! Thank you for all you do and have done.

At this time, I hope we can mend the divisions that are being sewn in America. It has got especially bad in the last three years or so. In the past, facing national emergencies has brought our country together, putting our best forward as one nation to solves problems. I have seen some semblance of this the last couple of weeks, but nothing close to what we need. It’s not the Republicans or the Democrats that are going to fix this on their own. It is not a black and white issue, the answer lies in the grey, and that is going to take us working together as one nation of Americans. We all have to give a little. Do what you can to help your fellow citizens. Do what you can to help others. Be a problem solver, not a nay-sayer.

With this time at home, I am going to enjoy the time I have with my family, and enjoy the extra writing time I have with the recouped commute time.

Please stay at home, for your health, and for others. Be safe, stay healthy, and be kind to yourself and others.