Somehow, a worldwide lock down still feels like cabin fever — it’s just a bigger cabin. Sure, we’re free to walk outside, but we’re cautioned to maintain a regulated distance from others while standing on the corner at the crosswalk.
This past Sunday, I committed an unlawful act. I deliberately rambled inside a closed recreational park. More than anything else, I did it just to have a change of scenery. It wasn’t for the fresh air or the people. I only went to the park because I was tired of being indoors.
I’ve also gone to visit friends, but still I was confined within the walls of a home. My friend and I took a stroll to the store, happy there was even one open around the corner. We walked beside each other on the sidewalk like normal, chatting together as we moved through the neighborhood. It would seem weird to maintain 6 to 8 foot distance between us, so we didn’t. In hind sight, it remains hard for me to fathom that we were actually doing something wrong.
I’ve seen the birds fall right out the sky. I’ve also survived wars and ‘weapons of mass destruction’. As a product of the x-generation, I’d like to believe that there’s nothing I haven’t already seen, yet this virus has got me. I’ve never seen anything like what the globe is facing now. Covid-19 has turned our civilization upside down. Out of all the conclusions we’ve drawn about our final days of existence, never did we think it would happen this way. We’ve feared the aftermath of our drug epidemics would kill us all or maybe it would be a zombie apocalypse. I believe the movie Outbreak to be the best prophecy. An intangible disease that spreads rapidly through our species.
Either way, we’re subject to varies means of population control. This virus has a sort of natural selection — a natural way of weeding off the weak and sharpening the strong. We’ve experienced several other traumatic occurrences, threatening or changing our lives. Human life seems to be about learning to adapt to the climate and surviving through it. We have to live mindfully and healthy to maintain longevity facing this pandemic. Many of the elderly have been conserved, closed off, and separated from their families. A family member can’t even stand next to their elder in their dying days. People are catching this sickness like basketballs, passing from one of us to another.
I’m grateful the world hasn’t capitalized on testing for the virus or the distribution of funded for relief efforts. U.S. President Trump, however, is finally doing something right to shield our population during this trying period. Any U.S. citizen earning less than $75,000 annually may qualify to receive a maximum paycheck as a national consensus to stimulate America for the year of 2020. Homeless people have been rescued from the streets. A number of them in Los Angeles county have been provided with minimal shelter so that we can minimize the spread. I’m proud that America is rising to the occasion.
I’ve noticed more acts of love and consideration of others. I’ve heard of a customer paying it for to the following customer in the Starbuck’s drive thru line before the morning commute. A random person behind me in line took care of my grocery tab at the register in my local market. On the news, it was reported that a police officer pulled a female driver over on the road, but rather than writing her a ticket, the officer gave her a N95 face mask instead. The woman remained in her car crying because the policeman’s graciousness moved her to tears.
It’s been hypothesized that if things heat up in the summer, the spread of the coronavirus may yield. I hope we can make it to summer with less deaths. Even though our tactic of social isolation is unusual, I want to trust that it’s the most effective solution for the meantime.
I always knew the year 2020 would be special, but I didn’t realize it would be the ending days for so many. I was listening to the idea of marshial law. Could you imagine being held in your house by the national guard? Could you imagine the types of things that we would do if we were all subject to being locked in our homes? This crisis reminds me of the diary of Anne Frank, being trapped in a dreadful closet for such an extended period of time without food, family, or fresh air. Kudos to Anne! I don’t know how she survived it. Still, the same thing is true. Some are driven to help while others are compelled to harm.
During this quarantine, however, my connection to people is what has kept me sane. The internet allows us the option of virtual company. The greatest achievements created by man are his technological advancements. The older generations believed video games made children fat and lazy, but these computer driven devises have greatly supported the productivity of civilization. Technology is everything to the world right now. It’s our backbone.
On Saturday, I joined a live Facebook group to listen to an advocate author share her experience about the in’s and out’s of the publishing industry. I use Medium and WordPress regularly for blogging. I reveal my somewhat-personal-thoughts and then click publish. Just holding up my iPhone and using FaceTime has helped me find work during this social distancing recession. Computers have been our best forms of communication.
Since the gyms aren’y open, it’s exercise on YouTube and a quick jog around the block. Thank God we’re still allowed to go outside. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t get out of the house. I feel like I’m going stir crazy and I know I’m not the only one. It’s in our nature to be social people and it’s in our rights to be free — unless we’re being punished. I’d usually say, “tomorrow will take care of itself”, but during these quarantine times we must look to the advancements of tomorrow to shed light on our future.