Here we are, in the middle of April, a time where our minds turn to baseball and all those things we love to do outside. But this year is dramatically different from most any we’ve ever experienced, feeling the effects of the worldwide pandemic knows as Covid-19.
We’re well into the second month of social distancing and one thing that I’ve noted is that quite a few friends are sharing that they’re having problems sleeping. The reality of this whole situation is I’m thinking more than our conscious minds can handle at any one time. It’s an unprecedented set of circumstances, unlike anything any of us has experienced before. Most people, including myself, don’t know quite how to handle the reality of it all.
There’s definitely a feeling of disconnect that most all are feeling. Even with the technology that affords us virtual get-togethers, meetings, and the like, it still can’t replace actually being able to connect with people in person. Even acknowledged introverts such as myself are finding it difficult to not be able to get out and about and be around others.
It would seem to me that the general feeling among most is that we all just want this to be over and done with. We want to be able to wake up tomorrow morning and return to our lives as they once were. But then there’s the stark reality that it’s not going to work that way at all. We will one day slowly begin to relax being socially distant, but some things are never going to be exactly the same. And I think that’s what scares people the most. Life as we once knew it is not going to exist.
Do we resign ourselves to defeat? Certainly not! But in the realistic world of the great unseen enemy, we all need to realize that the process will take time. Large gatherings of people at restaurants, ballgames, concerts, and other social events will be slow to return. And it would seem to be that the worst thing we could do is rush back into the mindset of “life as usual”. And as I said, some things are never going to be quite the same.
Do I know what the end result will be? No. But I thought I would share my thoughts on it all and will have faith that although the journey is long, the outcome will leave us all the much stronger.