This is day three of me self-isolating in my home, by choice, by rights and for the protection of myself, those around me and the general public. With the right attitude, it is not so bad, but then again, I’m only on day three, and I intend to stay in as long as possible, with the odd exception of a short walk outside or venture out to my backyard deck. As long as I’m being paid to work from home, I will be staying inside my home.
I am quite fortunate as my home consists of many delightful distractions (books, old VHS tapes, crafts, you name it!) from the buzz and constant reminder that our world is in a global crisis. If you switch on your social media, televison or radio, it is at the forefront of the broadcast, and you can’t seem to escape it right now. This has caused much anxiety for many, myself included. People wonder how long they will have the privilege to work from home, how many more cases will come to their region, if an at-risk family member of theirs will catch it – the constant worry is in many of us of how we will cope and get through this pandemic. While the media can cause this sense of fear, it can also provide valuable, truthful facts and information that many of us could benefit from, so a balance of how much we tune in is important.
Netflix has become a great resource to escape the COVID-19 notifications, and just watch some good ole’ TV, or a favourite film. PVRs have also been a gem during this time of isolation, so that one can just go ahead and flick on their favourite programming, skip the commericals and seeing Corona updates. I had been tuning into some of these Corona updates via my local network, and I heard something that stills kind of rubs me the wrong way. A mayor, senator or some very importantly appointed politician that I can’t seem to remember at the moment stood on international broadcasting with a rather ‘asshole’ comment. He stated about the chaos and catastrophe that has hindered the place he governs, and how something needs to be done, to prevent or slow down the amount of cases and deaths. In the same breath, he states something like, ‘Good people have died….some rather great individuals have passed due to this.’ The news anchor repeated what he had said about how this has taken the life of ‘good’ people in this world but I think it was more out of shock then out of agreeance. There have been numerous deaths due to COVID-19, and the fact that a person might have been or not been a ‘good’ person is beside the point. And who is he to mix his personal morals and judgement of that into his political stance on the measures being taken during the COVID-19 pandemic??? It’s quite infuriating that he follows the mindset of many in society that will mourn the loss of a famous actor who hasn’t passed but just been diagnosed with Corona significantly over an unknown child that of whom has passed from COVID-19. Let’s be real, we live in a selfish world, and this whole quarantine, isolation and lockdown business just might bring out some selflessness within our selfish world. I’ve already seen little bits of it for sure; trending on social media, many local businesses are donating food to Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, an incredible organization that aids those affected by poverty, addiction, etc. On both my local news broadcast as well as facebook, I saw ‘facetime’ through windows for the elderly in assisted living that can not go out. Seeing their loved ones peer through the window with smiles, and chat on the phone with them was dead sweet. As the pandemic unfortunately continues to cause havoc on our planet, let’s cherish these sweet moments, and be kind to one another.
Can we all just take a Corrie moment and appreciate Roy and Nina’s bat watching together – talk about a sweet moment!