This whole hype about Coronavirus (COVID-19) I suppose is getting the whole world in PANIC MODE…
I understand, it’s alarming. I also understand that when it is happening in your own situation, you have every reason to be upset and panic. I am sorry for the pain and loss that has already occurred.
Today, I would like to share an article I wrote, and perhaps you will see my point of view…I hope that you will take the time to read it by clicking on the link below.
I remember when 9-11 happened in the United States. Just a refresher, as described by Wikipedia, “The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks resulted in 2,977 victim fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people have died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.”
On that day, I was working downtown Toronto in the main business area. I worked on the 39th building of (then called) BCE Place, and I remember everyone meeting in the conference room to watch the live news on what was happening. We were told to leave and go home, since our building could be the next target. So, we all did as we were told and left.
The news was devastating. But at the same time, there was nothing I could do about it from where I was at, and in my head – I thought, I’m just me.
I remember this time specifically because on September 15, 2001, I was married to my first husband. September 17, was the day we flew out of Toronto to Greece for our honeymoon.
And as much as there was concern for our safety, we were persistent on going. In fact, I remember my ex-husband saying, “If any time is good to go anywhere, now is the time.” He said this because of all the security there would be, and I dare say it – he was right!
We had a fabulous time. The country was (and is) absolutely beautiful, along with the people and the food! We even took a small aircraft from Athens to Santorini Island where we spent two full weeks, then back to Athens for a couple of nights before coming back home. We were out of the country for fifteen days.
And that was with all the chaos happening around the world. All the threats, all the lost lives, everything. But we couldn’t stop our lives or our plans to keep on living…
As I said, I am me. I worry about my family. I worry about my close friends. But, I can’t be responsible for everyone and as much as it saddens me seeing all of the lives being hurt or taken around me, I need to stay focused on my children. I need to stay focused on my home, my finances, my work. I need to stay focused on me, because truth be told – I cannot stop living because of “panic mode”.
There’s going to be headlines. There’s going to be good news and bad news and there’s definitely going to be over-exaggeration.
In this life today, we are all faced with many challenges, many diseases, and many heartbreaks and whatnot. We are all here for a certain amount of time.
I believe though, that we need to stay focused. The reality is, if we over-think everything, it’s going to make us all think that we have to prepare ourselves. Okay sure, prepare yourselves to some extent, but don’t go crazy doing it!
Don’t forget that life is important and you should remember that you have a life to live.
Today, I went grocery shopping. Was I scared? NO.Did I buy more than I normally would? NO.
My point is, I will continue to live each day focused on today and not tomorrow and what could happen tomorrow because truth be told. I don’t even know what could happen in the next five minutes!
The kids still need to eat (we all do!). We still have to work. We still have to go to school. And, we still have to pay the bills. Take a moment and think of what all this panic is doing, and take a look at how the stock markets are doing due to the rising fear of the Coronavirus. Think before you act in fear, as hard as it may be.
And remember … “When life gives you a hundred reasons to break down and cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile and laugh. STAY STRONG!” ❤️
Life is too short.I’ve said it before, I say it again.And I will keep on saying it.
“Let’s untangle our mind, and set it free…”