Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Please be kind and show respect!

Right now, people all over the world are struggling. Many are afraid, if not for themselves, for their loved ones. Many worry about the future. Will they have jobs? With so many industries affected, will they be able to support their families?

With all this worry going around, try to think of the people around you.

I meet so many people who say all this is hysteria or panic. If you feel that way, that is also a valid emotion - and it might be a reaction to what's happening - but you don't have to tell every other person you meet that they are hysterical.

Your feelings are valid, and theirs are valid too. Please respect that. People who are worried for their future or their loved ones have good reason for that, and they won't worry less because you tell them your feelings on "worldwide panic."

I also encounter many who don't care, because there's a good chance the disease won't make them very sick.

If that's you, please stop gloating about your good health. Put it to use instead. I bet there's someone physically close to you who doesn't have the fortune of good health and might need help with going to the store.

The past few days have held some intense discussions with people who refuse to stay home, because they're just "a little sick." If you're just a little sick, staying home can be boring, I get it. But the people you meet when you go shopping, hang out at the animal shelters, or whatever it is you want to do, might be at risk. Going there can mean sentencing another person to death.

Stay home until you feel well, even if you're convinced you only have a cold. Because, passing your cold to someone can lower their resistance to infection.

Follow your local authorities' advice and instructions.

Some people - like me - can work from home. It doesn't matter where we are physically, and that's a huge privilege at a time like this.

A lot of people can't do this. Nurses and doctors are obvious, but also the people who empty your trash, the mail carrier, the truck drivers who make sure goods will be delivered to stores, all the people who put items on shelves and work cash registers... The list is nearly endless.

They are worried too. The person in the grocery store may have to encounter a thousand people before going home to a loved one who is elderly or has a pre-existing condition. Please be kind.

It isn't their fault if the item you're looking for isn't available. It isn't their fault if you have to stand in line. Thank them for the job they do. Be kind, and try not to take your frustration out on them. It can make a world of difference to someone who's struggling with getting through the day.

These things should be self-evident, but I guess they're not.

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