Ok so we have a whole situation here. It’s very serious and I’m not trying to diminish it in any way. It is very serious but… Yes there is a but.
I understand very well that everything is scary and absolutely insane for the times we are living in, but just take a breath and rationalize a bit. Will panic help you in any way? Is there an answer in panicking except a blurry vision of the entire situation? I’m telling you, it isn’t. We just have to wait, patiently, for all this to be over.
Because it will be over.
Some of us will make it and some of us won’t, but that’s a situation we face everyday, because we do face death everyday and we are exposed to tons of factors that could kill us but they are not a deadly virus spreading all over the world in a record time. I get that, but still the possibility of leaving this life is always there. The only thing we know for sure since we are born is that we will die. I don’t know who said this but he/she said it right.
You know, I panic in a lot of stupid situations, simple situations, that have a real solution and I sit and ask myself “Why?” Really, I don’t know, maybe that’s the way I am. Maybe because I don’t have the solution at the moment or I maximize the damages a lot more than is necessary.
On the other side I keep my spirit high when it comes to critical situations. I remember my grandmother (may she rest in peace, I miss her so much!) got cancer and even though the situation was extremely serious I remember I kept my hopes high till the very end. She got better for more than 3 months and I wanted to scream my lungs out that I was right and she will live forever but unfortunately on a very cold day in January she passed away. I remember that new year I was out in the frost and was praying she will get better. What can I change? Until the last moment I wanted to keep her spirit high, I didn’t want her to see me sad. I had enough time to be sad since then. Sometimes I dream of her and she always smiles. This makes me think she’s fine where she is. Love you grandma, always!
Another time my mom was in a coma after a liver transplant and again, I just kept it together (even thoug I did panic a bit in the beginning). When I was finally allowed to see her she seemed to me like she’s sleeping, not that she’s in a critical stage. Maybe I’m an idiot but this is how I felt. And you know what, I started crying when I saw her, and a nurse saw me and she immediately told me “What are you doing? Don’t cry! Talk to her! She can hear you!” She whispered all these words but in a very aggresive way and my tears just dried up. Then I couldn’t imagine what I could say, I had nothing. I finally said in the weirdest possible way “Hi mom…” The nurse was happy. My mom did come out of the coma, thank God. So, I’m telling you a lot of things can happen but we don’t necessarily have to panic. Yes, there won’t always be a happy ending but panic won’t change a thing, believe me.
Please avoid things that make you panic more. Now that we are all quarantined don’t lock yourself down in front of the TV or on the internet looking for the latest news. Obviously that will increase your panic level. Do something smart, something useful.
I know a lot of expats in UAE don’t like that the press in censored but sometimes it’s for the best. I really think here the situation and the measures that are being taken are a lot more efficient just because we are not exposed (or should I use bombarded) with end of the world news. Honestly. You need fake news? Those are out there everyday. And we have instigators as well. They don’t get the satisfaction they want from the news and they start saying the stats are fake, they take horrific stats from other countries just to instigate to panic. What do you aim to do with panic? If you see people screaming on the streets you’ll be happy? WTF is wrong with people man?
And if it’s the end of the world and you are on the street screaming from the top of your lungs in panic, what? What? Tell me how panic or instigating to panic will help this world.
You know what you should do? Stay the fuck home because the whole time you complain you don’t have any free time. Oh, you know I didn’t have a holiday in years! Oh, I don’t have time to spend with my kids! Loads and loads of work, I didn’t even have time to call my mom / dad / aunt / ancestors / etc. Oh you know I can’t even find time to work out! I started a diet but my lifestyle doesn’t help, I’m always on the run.
You are literally assholes now. The world is telling you stay home. Heal yourself and heal the world. Stay the fuck home!
Do you know that there are people who want to run from the hospitals? Or they don’t want to admit they are sick? So you want to kill your entire family, you stupid fuck?! This is what you want? You can’t stay 14 days in quarantine? I mean, really. Let’s stop this craziness, it’s an effort we need to do together. Let’s stop this from spreading so we can live normally again.
Start some healthy habits while you have this time off. Re-organize your life, think of helpful ways to do it. Work out, there are tons of YouTube videos and apps that can help. Start learning a new language (again tons of apps). Organize your work, all those emails unopened in your inbox you alien (I have OCD so no unopened emails here).
Again we live in the era of technology and we are blessed with the amount of information we have access to, and yet we are still primitive. For every hobby, there is a video or an app. Move the furniture, re-paint the walls, re-organize all the cupboards, etc. Learn something new everyday. You have time now. Also, rest you crazy fuckers. Rest. You all complain you can’t get enough sleep. Rest! (This is one of my biggest needs and I hope I come out of this quarantine a few years younger).
Read, if you like to read. Even if you don’t, push yourself. Reading is good. Write, if you want to write (note to self: do that too). Start a blog, vlog, page, etc. I’m sure all of us have hobbies or they want to learn new things. Ok, we can’t go out much or at all but it’s not going to be forever. Try to process this.
Grow your eyebrows, grow your nails, put a hair/face mask everyday. Groom your pets if you have any. Etc. I mean there are things to do if you want to. If you just lay down and say I’m bored then of course everything is horrible.
I know some will not survive and I don’t want to start with comparisons with other viruses, the plague or famine, but this is where we are now and we have to have a clear mind. Don’t act stupid, don’t act crazy. I know economies are collapsing, people, countries, companies are losing money but these are cycles that happen once in a while and history proves it. Sometimes they’re big and sometimes small but somehow life goes on and we manage to get back on track. Let’s stop this virus from spreading and let’s give this world a break. We can do it. And above everything, keep a positive mind.
Let’s get back on track well rested, with a positive mind and I’m telling you we will achieve a lot after these challenging times. I truly believe so!
Stay safe, stay healthy and stay indoors!
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