I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this, so I will be the first to say it out loud. My biggest fear is waking up tomorrow and seeing a world I don’t recognize. It is okay to be afraid right now. I think we often think we have to be the rocks of our families, friends, and those around us. The coronavirus brings out the human in us all.
It makes us question our past decisions and makes us focus on survival. For so many years we have been a nation focused on fun and excitement. We lived by social media, loved by social media, and grieved by social media. So, when this virus came in like a character from a Edgar Allan Poe short story, we paused. Some of us even dismissed the threat as pure fluff because it didn’t fit into our ultimate plan. We were supposed to be house searching, some planning for pregnancy, some planning proms, while others were on the brink of finding a new life. Then we turn the corner and we see a glimpse of today.
Today our only thoughts are of survival and hoping our loved ones make it out alive. It is like we are living in a modern day dystopian novel. The scary part of this whole ordeal is not knowing how the saga ends. We don’t know what our future looks like. We don’t know how bad the markets will get, or how many people will die from this virus. What we do know is that this virus has created a picture unseen by many of us.
I’ve never been afraid for my husband to be at work, not even when he was in special operations in the Army, but I am today. I am afraid that he will get something from someone and bring it home and our 14 year old will get it. There are two people with underlining health problems in my family he and one of our daughters would be the two.
At the end of the day, all we can do is hope that our families are safe and try to help each other the best way we know how. Above all, focus on love and follow the guidelines set by the CDC. Don’t just think about yourself when taking chances. We often think that we are invincible, but it is about those in our families that might not be invincible. The coronavirus for me might mean a week in bed, but it could mean something totally different for my daughter.
It isn’t always about us and what we can overcome. This isn’t a test, this is something we are dealing with for better or worse. Our reaction will dictate how it impacts our communities and the rest of our lives.