This year has been an interesting one for sure. People are really panicking. Stores are running out of food, businesses are closing, markets are plunging, and mandatory quarantines are happening around the world.
In these uncertain times I plan to work to control what I can control. I can control my own attitude and to some extent- my family’s exposure to other people. I am planning for the worst and hoping for the best. Now is our chance as people to be on the right side of history. Help an elderly neighbor or a new parent get their groceries, don’t stockpile 70 hand sanitizers so that people who are in the at risk groups have access, and try to remain positive for yourself and the future generations. When my grand kids read about this in their history class I want them to know through my kids that I handled this with grace and compassion. Decisions made in panic induced emotion usually do not turn out well for anyone involved. Give grace to anyone in the service industry right now because they are either majorly overworked and at risk of the virus or lost their livelihood to the virus.
I am hoping that when the dust settles on this a general society change happens. A positive change would be more remote work opportunities and more of a work life balance. Our society got away from working to live and now it seems we live to work. I would love to see a change in general in society where we are less self absorbed and spend less on trivial things. These grocery store runs prove how many people do not have a well stocked pantry. Maybe it is because I was born in south Florida or because my parents are always ready for a major disturbance but I always have pasta, canned beans and soup, and frozen veggies on hand. I really recommend when all of this settles to always have a few options for meatless meals.
I am using this time to evaluate my families goals and way of life. It would be great to see other people taking advantage of the same opportunity. I plan to use this as a wake up call to change how we live even more. A more minimalist, experience driven lifestyle. I have to look forward and guide my children into a more meaningful life. In the meantime- practice good hygiene and compassion everybody.