There’s so much I wanna say today, but as usual I’m not really sure whether or not it’s going to come out the way I want it to, or if it’ll just sound a little preachy, but the one thing I know we all need right now is hope, and that’s what MY wish would be – what would yours be?
I’ve been keeping in touch with very few people in RL, because the way they’re dealing with this Virus thing doesn’t seem to fit my ideals of how we should all be dealing with it, and hearing them talk about daily trips to the supermarket, and taking their children to the park (in this case the child is a former chemotherapy patient and therefore his immune system could be damaged) has angered me to the point where it’s easier NOT to keep up with them. I know we all deal with things differently, I know we all have different ways of coping, but when your coping mechanisms affect other people I truly believe you need to take a hit for the sake of humanity.
Yesterday I was speaking to a friend in SL about my previous relationships. He told me how awesome it was that I hadn’t let what other people had done drag me down… and my response? Apart from being flattered that he thought I hadn’t been dragged down, I said “If I don’t have hope, they win.” and it’s true. The one thing that has kept me going throughout -everything- in my life is that one day it’ll get better, and finally it’s starting to… even though my attempts at integrating back into society might have been somewhat scuppered by this Virus thing, I’m still here, and I’m in an extremely lucky position where I know each and every one of my immediate family are safe. I have enough supplies to last me a fair while, and I have things to do to stop my brain from melting. The truth is though, I don’t just have hope for me… I have hope for the entire world too. Every day I read reports that the world itself is healing. I’m sad that people have to be in danger for this to happen of course, but if we all do as we’re damn told and behave as if our nearest and dearest were dependent on our segregation, the healing will be quicker and the danger will pass. I know full well when this IS all over (and one day it will be), the hug I’m going to give my little girl might well be enough to heal my heart completely, too.
We’re all missing people, we’re all suffering somehow… but we must have hope and we must remember kindness. I’m so grateful to everyone doing those essential jobs, the medical professionals, the janitors cleaning the hospitals, the supermarket workers, the delivery guys, the emergency services… everyone continuing to work to ensure that we still have a reasonable society to come back to needs a damn raise, and about 6 months off haha. I can’t imagine how hard it must be.
Please be sensible during this entire situation – and beyond it. Don’t risk your safety or the safety of others because you think you need a block of cheese or a bar of chocolate. Wash your hands, stay 6 feet apart and above all, be kind to -everyone- especially yourself.
Make it a beautiful day, spoonies. You’re worth it. xoxo