Nothing …. till it’s personal to you …. to see a fresh morning anew!
Disclaimer – This post is a topical post on the subject of C19 which is my abbreviation for Covid-19.
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Suze informs me that my anger levels are rising – and that she is watching out for me … and l tell her that my anger levels are not so much rising but becoming more vexed. I am becoming frustrated with people and their blasé attituudes towards our current global topic. I have a form of old man eczema – why it is called old man is beyond me as l started to get it in my early forties – unless l am being naive and that is the age of an old man. It’s medical term is Asteatotic eczema or sometimes known as ‘crazy paving eczema’ on account of the ‘cracked appearance.
Whatever it is to be termed as it can be very frustrating and painful, as well as uncomfortable – it is caused by dry skin and is exacerbated by stress and dryness or not enough moisture in the skin.
Currently l am experiencing a major flare up, more so than normal and that has been motivated by stress … l also experience it more where we live anyway on account of all the chalk naturally in the water here as well as all the combat chemicals used by the water suppliers to soften the water. My skin fares better with softer water and here in Kent on the coast we don’t have that … but if l lather myself in a body butter it calms the effects. Of course, l cannot reduce my levels of stress or rising anger or even vexation.
I tend to garden more to calm down but being on the spectrum my brain never stops thinking, and thinking and overthinking … and when l am out there trying to relax l start to hyperventilate with concern, stress and worry.
Hyperventilating then proves to be a problem because it reminds me that l was a serious smoker for 37 of my 57 years and that if l was to become infected beyond a basic dose of C19 – l would probably not survive on account of my lungs being blackened by 37 year’s worth of assorted nicotine build ups and now permanent scarring.
So, to avoid this, l don’t fuck about with my health and this lockdown … because it shouldn’t be viewed in a rocket science manner – it’s basic advice and not hard to misunderstand …
…. and yet we have people who obviously don’t get it.
I ask myself why is this so hard to understand? Then l think back to my own stress levels and annoyance at my eczema and how frustrating it is to me … to me the eczema is personal. People are not bothered by C19 because it is NOT yet personal to them. Maybe it is as Fandango commented yesterday ..
…. l would agree with that yes, for many folks this is a way of coping with extraordinary events and yet still we have those who flaunt and throw caution to the wind. It is like the crazy drivers on the roads who would probably kill more innocents with their dangerous ways than end up dead themselves … selfishness. A case of always having to be right no matter at times at how wrong they are …. it is arrogance in whatever term you wish to coin it.
The other day Britchy penned a post A Good Kind Of Viral – Shall We?! Hyper focusing on and rightly so ….. the forgotten and unmentioned heroes – not just the front-line medical teams across the world but all those others that people are so used to seeing and simply ignoring or ‘forgetting’ about or deeming as unimportant …
We know them as shop workers. We know them as servers and truck drivers. We know them as doctors, nurses, police, fire service, EMS, janitors, electricians, plumbers.. we know them by the fact they’re going to work while the rest of us stay home.
But it’s true … people don’t care about front line people; they see these people as a service to their needs only. If l see service and supply people [not that l see many now] l always ask how they are and wish them well and THANK them for still doing what they are doing. When Suze goes on the weekly shop on a Saturday – she asks after all the staff she sees and wishes them well and thanks them.
These people that flout and flaunt the lockdown would be the first to seriously complain if there were no service people available, if front liners simply stopped being front line.
Nothing …. till it’s personal to you….
to see a fresh morning anew!
This is the truth isn’t it? Until it’s personal to someone – until it is insulting someone directly – until it may affect their ability to see the next day with the same eyes C19 means nothing. Many people are simply showing their true colours to the world … they are showing that they don’t care about people and everything is ALL about them! It’s simply not personal to them … they have no respect for anything or anyone else …
This is personal ….
This is personal …
This is personal …
When would this become personal to you? When we lose someone close, when we ourselves die – when our friends are no more? We should all be very concerned about this … there are those who say, ‘Oh why is there all this fuss, why is everyone taking this so seriously?‘ If that as a question needs to be asked by a sensible human being then we are all doomed.
I am no scaremonger, l am a realist and l am concerned for my loved ones, for my friends, for me and for the planet – because this pandemic has opened up Pandora’s Box … uncertain times are not just contained to one small region or location – but have swept across the globe at speed … infecting 200 plus countries, well over a million cases confirmed, 70,000 plus deaths [ in today’s world] we know about … there is no vaccine, there is no immunity, this is not a demographic specific contagion … this doesn’t care about who or what you are or how young or old you are – this is very personal to us all.
This is a very personal virus that should not be ignored and regarded with flippancy – because this thing will be with us forever more … C19 is a history changer, creator and breaker.
When we finally get through this COVID-19 pandemic at some point in the future, do you think the world is going to change from what is was like before anyone ever heard of coronavirus?
Or will things quickly return to “business as usual”?
The world has changed already …. the people have noticed this change … but where will we all be in the months and the years to come? Time will tell it always does … and yet in certain areas that doesn’t help … it doesn’t help economists, or forecasters or speculators or even politicians … people need to know and this pandemic isn’t providing us with answers.
The money makers will want business to return as quickly as possible to ‘make money, to rally the economy again, to get the world back on its feet … but that alone will take time – the planet has stopped rotating – it will need time to get back into the groove … but for many people – they have witnessed a lot – they have had to reflect on things – that they NEVER slowed down enough before to reflect on … for many this is personal. It’s personal when it makes you sick with worry about you, your friends, your family, your loved ones, your children … your way of life or takes your life.
This has made them stop and think about what they want, who they want to be after and that life is truly very short. Of course sadly the world isn’t just made up of people who care about others – it is made up of people who we are already seeing don’t care about others – they will survive this and bleat ..“See nothing to worry about TOLD YOU SO!!”
The world will try to return to ‘normal’, but the real world, the real people will know that change is in the winds and that the time to seriously change is now and whether this change of the people is now, or tomorrow or next year … it will change, because the real people will start that.
C19 is set to change everything we knew before it landed on our shores – whilst we battle its spores today – it is already planting more seeds for tomorrow – it is down to the real people to make those seeds grow into something positive.
When the cloud of doubt rises up, we will know that everything needs to change from business to communications, to productivity and travel, to waste managements and environmental concerns, to climate control and change and to the future! One of the biggest changes will be social trust and how we are as social people again.
The real people will know that small changes will not be enough and after today they will simply not be acceptable. But sadly the world isn’t just made up of real people … there is always the others. Time will tell … but times are changing ….. the others know this too!
How are you going to be as an individual?
Who will you be after C19 Lockdown?
Will your old life still be your new life or …. ?
Many people have answered the questions above very differently … many have said they will remember the days of today, but think that the people in power will simply try and renew the days of yesterday. But many real people have also answered … that they will be changed by all of this … because this is just the start to our tomorrows.
Our tomorrows will now be completely different in and on ALL levels, areas and platforms of life and social society because of the seeds being sown by the spores of C19.
How will l be as an individual? This has made me realise even more that life is so short and precious and that l need to step up to the base more and let go of the conventionality ties and become the person l want to be and not be the person others want.
I need to be the real me. I am pretty much a real version of me … but l can be more. After the lockdown …. and no one knows when that will truly end … l am going to seriously follow my dreams …. but l am already walking down that path.
Will my old life be my new life? Yes and no, l will be a different person because of this, it has already changed me .. it is a self-development lesson and curve combined but l have learned a lot of the world and its peoples because of this too … the true colours of others mmm. So yes, there will be much of my old life within me as my core … but l will be hard pressing that and creating a new life for me as well. Once more, time will tell and time will show.
We ALL need to learn from this … now whether we ALL will ……. well who knows?
Thanks for reading …. Rory