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Covid Quandries

In an effort to describe the current state of the world, surreal is the first word that comes to mind. A global existence mirroring the plot line of a bad apocalyptic movie, where day by day, the reciprocal relationship between a viral pandemic and fear escalates to a level of uncertainty the western world has arguably never experienced before. What does this mean for our present? and what does this mean for our future?

It’s hard to say, but what I do know, is that Covid-19 has taught me quite a lot already.

Uncertainty is Certain

The quality of your life is directly related to how much uncertainty you can handle. ~ Tory Robbins

Uncertainty is something I’ve struggled with my entire life. Whether it be knowing where I’m eating lunch tomorrow, or when I’m going to birth a child, my anxiety is fueled by a constant “need to know.” Needless to say, if there is one thing I’ve learned from my cumulative life experiences, it’s that life has a mind of it’s own, and no matter how much you plan or stress about what’s next, you’re probably going to be wrong.

I’m quite confident that most of us didn’t expect to be navigating a global pandemic this year (or ever), and while we may not know what tomorrow holds, one thing I can be sure of is that we will continue to learn and grow along the way...whether we like it or not.

Fear is Powerful

Over the slowly passing weeks (now months), as the virus quickly surged towards a worldwide pandemic, I’ve felt many things; frustration, fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, boredom, annoyance, hope, inspiration, motivation and impatience – to name a few. We’ve all witnessed the topic of Coronavirus take to the internet like wildfire, consuming the minds of everything and everyone in its path. I’ve spent many many hours reading the news, watching live broadcasts, and sending memes back and forth with my friends to mitigate some of the stress that Coronavirus has imposed on our day to day lives.

It has been heartening to see the stories of people cheering daily in their neighborhoods for front line workers, small local businesses and breweries using their resources to produce medical supplies and hand sanitizer, friends picking up food for an elderly or immunocompromised neighbour, and others sharing their art or music as a strategy to cope and collectively navigate this peculiar and unprecedented time.

Unfortunately, further to the excessive hoarding of toilet paper (seriously people?), hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and food; we have seen pandemic fear elicit less than admirable reactions from people.

Evidently, fear can bring out the best in people... and the worst.

We Need to Stop F*cking Up the Planet

NASA satellite images show gas emissions are down and air quality has gone up in countries where lockdown measures have been implemented. While this doesn’t mean for a second that we’ve solved climate change and the detrimental impact it is having on our earth and its ecosystems; it does however, give us the opportunity to take a step back and really consider what part we play in addressing the issue. How many work meetings can be held from the comfort of your living room? Can we buy local to support small businesses instead of choosing mass imported goods? Can we walk or bike to the store instead of hopping in our car?

Even the little things can make a big difference.

The Rest of the World Matters Too

What is required for us (individually, or the western world collectively) to take something seriously? How often do we turn a blind eye to the crises that occur every single day across the planet? I am in no way disregarding the seriousness of our current pandemic (and the impact on the rest of the world); however, despite it, starvation, violence, and other illnesses continue to unnecessarily kill people at exponential rates all the time. It wasn’t until Covid-19 was at our own front doorstep that we started to take action.

We might not be able to save the whole world, but surely, we can do better.

We Are ALL Connected

“A person's life may be a lonely thing by nature, but it is not isolated. To that life other lives are linked.” ~ Haruki Murakami

This one is pretty self-explanatory given the rate at which Covid-19 has spread across the world. Be it to the person standing next to you, or the person sitting at a beach on the other side of the planet; we are all connected in one way or another.

This too Shall Pass

Whether you are struggling or thriving during this time, there is something to be said for the influence this pandemic has had on our day to day lives. While challenging at times, we’ve been given ample opportunity for self-reflection, prioritizing new hobbies, or revisiting old ones. A chance to truly embrace the space (both literally and figuratively), and fully appreciate life (and the people in it), a little bit differently.

On the hard days, remember that this too shall pass.