“It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine” R.E.M.
R.E.M.’s famous song, from the late eighty’s, tends to pop up every time people think the world is coming to an end. Right now, I think a lot of people feel like the end is drawing near. We’ve experienced natural disasters and financial recessions; now our current crisis is the covid-19 virus. Right now people are afraid, not just in one place, but all over the entire world. Some are acting like it’s not a big deal, while others are paralyzed by fear. It’s hard to know what to believe. You can’t turn on the TV, or look at your phone without being inundated with information. Some of it true, some of it not so true. I think either by choice or circumstance most of you are just trying to go about your lives as best as you know how, whether quarantined or not.
For those that are still going to their jobs, I truly appreciate you doing what you do: from the people working at the grocery store to the healthcare worker to the people making sure the trucks stay on the road so we can get much-needed supplies, and everyone else in between trying to make it all go as smoothly as possible. These people are doing their best so we all can try and have some sense of normalcy.
Unfortunately, there are those who have chosen to make our current situation about politics and money, while we (the common people) all have needs, with little to no financial resource, and many are already at the point of need to even survive at the most basic level. Now is not the time for politics. Now is not the time to attack whomever you disagree with. Now is not the time to push through your agenda. Now is the time to step up and act. Now is the time to put aside political, financial, and social differences and see to the needs of those whom you were elected and appointed to serve. How sad that there are some people that use this kind of tragedy as a drug or a power grab. They feed off the misery of others while gaining some kind of sick high from it all.
We have to be better. We have to help our fellow man. We must reach out and DO what we can, even if it is from at least ten feet away. If you’re a person of faith; PRAY. But in praying, don’t forget to also do. PRAY for the world to heal. PRAY for those on the front lines of this pandemic. DO what your leaders ask (within reason) of you. DO be mindful of the needs around you. DO check on those people you know are alone or struggling.
We must remember to believe for better days. I know a lot of people are hurting, and many are facing unspeakable loss. Many of you reading this have already lost someone you know or have been affected in some way by this crisis. My heart grieves for you. My heart grieves for this whole circumstance, but I believe there is hope. Healing is on the way. I don’t believe it’s the end of the world, but it just may be the end of the world as we know it.
Life will be different when this is all over. I hope we come out on the other side with a better view of the world, and a greater appreciation for it. I hope we learn to be a little more understanding of each other after having such a clear demonstration of how fleeting life really can be. For those, we have lost or still may possibly lose along the way, we will remember you. I will remember you, even though I may not have known your name, I will keep you in my heart for the rest of my days.
For now: Be kind, be safe, have hope.
Better days are coming.