If you’re reading this, you understand the title. This year has seen all of us trying to circumnavigate through sheer hell. Unprecedented to anyone who isn’t 102 years old, this covid19 pandemic has tossed us all on our asses.
You can’t visit your family, many are out of a job, we are at home visiting people that we forgot lived with us. Our dogs are 4 years older than since the last time we took them for a walk, your cat has grey hair and your little Johnny is lighting up a doobie and stealing your beer from the fridge. Maybe this isn’t the worst thing that ever happened to us.
What you can do is enjoy your family, cook, play, relax, read a book, start a project, garden, write, do your taxes, play your guitar and a thousand other things you always said you didn’t have time to do. Take advantage of this time. You will not get this opportunity again. Yes, opportunity. at least that’s the way I’m looking at it. My glass is half full, actually it’s almost to the top.
It’s time to appreciate the things we have. It’s so easy to overlook the fact that we have 1st world problems. I am writing this on my laptop computer ( I have 2, I also have a tablet and 2 cell phones.) By many peoples standards, we are middle class. I still have to work for a living. By choice, Mrs. Collectordude and I live in a 38 foot diesel Class A motorhome. We do not have a mortgage. Our 308 sq ft is as big as some small apartments in Vancouver except we can take it anywhere we want to. This is not roughing it. My lovely wife works from home in the education field. She has a 2 second commute from the easy chair to her work chair 1 metre away. She has a full size desk with 2 huge Mac screens (she also has 2 more phones and another laptop. Our motorhome has solid oak cabinetry, 2 air conditioners, a microwave, a 3 burner stove and a real oven. We have a washer and dryer and a huge queen size bed. We have 2 full size leather recliners and spots for 2 TV’s. (We have none, our choice). This is not camping.
To some, living in a small space is seen as a hardship, to us it is a blessing. We decided to go visit Mrs. Collectordude’s sister on Vancouver Island. We were gone in half and hour with everything we own. We stayed for over a month. We didn’t have to come back till July when in theory the film industry (my other job) would be in full swing. Full freedom to come and go as we please, when we please, where we please. We are not tied to anything, in our eyes this is a true blessing.
We have food, shelter, companionship, careers, family, friends, pets, health and assets. We complain because we can’t find toilet paper and hand sanitizer and wipes. Well, maybe this week but you know damn well the stock will be replenished and you’ll have everything you need with a 10 minute drive to the grocery store. In your car, in your air conditioned car with leather seats and 4 wheel drive and bluetooth and 6 spots to hold your Starbucks coffee.
Our first world problems seem absolutely trivial when compared to the problems faced by those in Italy and Spain and Britain and even the self indulging bloated ego driven mess to the south of us. Our government is caring, doing the best they can on the fly, remaking, redoing, and building from new; creating programs that didn’t exist a month ago to support millions of Canadians. They are responding with thoughtfulness and care. Other countries are in complete lockdown. Our death rate is 1/30th that of the US. Our problems are serious, but in context to the rest of the world, I am so happy to be right where we are.
So my friends, what I really wanted to say is please please appreciate what you have. Try to be nice, try to help, don’t be a hoarder. Do what needs to be done, stay at home. Stay away from others, enjoy your family. In a few months give or take, things will start to resemble what they did before. And in most cases, that will be a good thing. You will be able to give your family hugs, go for dinner with your friends, walk the beach and the trails. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on this unique time in history. I hope you remember the good things too.