There are a couple of ways to approach a very adverse situation. You can cower down into some corner and feel deeply sorry about your situation or you can evaluate the circumstances and learn. When one can learn and become a better person because of a difficult situation, that person will have demonstrated what their true character is all about. Most successful people are able to take a huge negative and turn it into something very positive and I think we all can learn some valuable lessons from this COVID-19 pandemic. We all will become better people because of it.
There are a couple of huge valuable lessons that I have personally learned from going through these adverse times. First of all, I will never, never take those small things in my life for granted. Many of these smalls things have been taken away from me. For example, how many of us would have ever thought of day when we would worry about buying toilet paper? I walk by the toilet paper aisle at my favorite grocery store and usually I can chose from many different brands. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the day when I would have to get up early just to buy toilet paper. Fortunately, this shortage has yet to extend to regular foods. I have a deeper appreciation now for just buying everyday essential items like food and toilet paper.
Many people have lost their jobs in recent months. You turn on the news and there are always new reports of more people going on unemployment. When I hear those reports, I have a lot more appreciation for my job. My company did not shut down because we are an essential company. I will never take for granted again the fact that I can get up, go to a secure job and make money. A lot of people would die for a job like I have.
I have not been able to see many members of my family for months and now I am so much more grateful for those times when we can gather and enjoy each other’s company. And so many people cannot gather in large group settings and socialize with those special people in our lives. I will never take for granted again being with those people.
Those are just a few lessons about taking many things for granted in our lives and I can list so many more. Another huge lesson from this pandemic that I have learned is the value of staying healthy. Chances are, if you are a very healthy person and catch this virus, it will affect you no worse than catching a common cold.
But suppose you are a heavy smoker and have problems breathing. Imagine catching this virus? It would be safe to say that your chances of surviving are very slim. I cannot imagine a worse scenario to go through than dying without your family at your side. It breaks my heart when I hear stories from nurses about how their patients died alone. A lot of these hospitalizations can be prevented if more people develop good healthy habits into their lives. I have always been a very active and fit person who values exercise. Now I look more into eating healthier so my immune system gets stronger and can handle this awful virus.
And how can I not forget about the lessons of washing your hands and the new awareness of the many germs out there. Funny how we usually take those things for granted. Before this pandemic started, how many of us were washing our hands after being out in public. I think there is a totally new awareness among millions of the value of that simple 20 second task.
So just maybe. we have learned some very hard life lessons from this pandemic that will help us become more grateful and healthy. I think many people like myself can say that. This pandemic has hurt me in many ways, but it has made me better in so many ways.
Mother’s Day is a great day to honor those wonderful people in our lives and what they have done for us. Behind every good person in our society is probably a great mother who raised that person the right and proper way. We all probably have stories about certain things that our mothers taught us or even better yet, words of advice. So what are some words of advice that your mother gave you and those words of advice have proven to be very helpful in your life? I would like to share one big piece of advice that mom gave me as a youngster that has proven to be extremely helpful in these times.
For the past few months, there have been numerous public service announcements on television on the proper techniques of washing your hands. When I see those commercials, I smile and think about growing up with my mother lecturing me about washing my hands before I set foot at the dinner table. It was a nightly thing at our household. Before my sisters and I sat down and ate, we were instructed to wash our hands thoroughly. Not just sprinkling a little water and drying off our hands. No, that just did not cut it with my mom. She made sure we washed our hands correctly.
Those lessons have really paid off in my life because I religiously wash my hands, not only before I eat, but several times throughout the day. As a result of those good habits instilled into me, I very rarely get sick or catch a cold. I credit a lot of that to those lectures from my mother about the value of washing my hands.
In this age of coronavirus, those words of advice from my mother might just help me end up being safe and healthy. I know many people wish they got the same words of advice from their mothers. Images of my mother always come up when I see some public official lecturing us on the value of washing your hands. It has been drilled into me since I was 5 years old.
Many news outlets love to hype up this pandemic by showing stories of people who have survived the misfortune of contracting the corna virus. I have seen numerous stories during the past week of people who endured countless hours in some hospital ICU only to dramatically survive and return home. My heart goes out to those folks who had to go through that. You would think from watching the stories about these stricken folks that anyone who catches this virus will automatically end up in some hospital fighting for their lives. The truth is, only a small fraction of people will end up in that horrible situation. Most people who catch the virus will recover within a few weeks and be perfectly fine. I personally know 5 people who are just fine after having contracted the virus. The media is doing their best to over-hype the pandemic with these stories. Maybe they are trying to scare people into staying home for the next year. Regardless, there is another group of people which the media seems to totally forget during this pandemic. How about the people who have lost their jobs or businesses because of the tight restrictions? Maybe we could have a few more stories about those folks as well? Just a thought.
The other morning, the jobs report came out and it was not a pretty picture. Unemployment claims are now near 33 million. Yes people, 33 million people are out of work. And the unemployment rate is now around 15 percent. The last time we saw numbers like that was during the Great Depression. The current trend of people seeking unemployment claims is just not sustainable and I fear things will only get worse before they get better.
There are numerous casualties in these trying economic times. The people that I really feel for are the small business owners who risked nearly everything to start up their own businesses. For many, it was their lifetime dream to start and own a business. A lot of time was spent planning and trying to come up with the funds to begin. I know a lot of owners have wisely invested in their businesses and have seen a lot of growth in the past few years. Things seemed to be going well, then something they could not control took place. Now their dreams are ruined as well as their lives.
You don’t even have to be a business owner to feel the pain of what is going on. So many people have lost their jobs recently and there are a lot of desperate people out there. I have never personally lost my job due to a layoff, but I cannot imagine what these poor people are going through. Everyone has bills to pay and food to buy. Not having money to pay those bills and put food on your table is the worst feeling in the world. There are thousands of people in that situation right now. Not everyone qualifies for unemployment too.
I totally understand the rationale of telling sad stories of so many people losing their lives because of this pandemic. But the number of people who have had their lives turned upside down because of these hard economic times is staggering and must be addressed as quickly as possible. 15 percent unemployment is down right scary! It is no wonder why so many people are angry and protesting in the streets. There are a number of casualties that do not show up in those daily coronavirus updates. People are losing their jobs and businesses at a high rate and I find that just as sad.
Nothing will more signify that we are back to normal than having sports return and stadiums and arenas filled with fans. As a huge sports fan, I greatly long for that day to arrive. This is like the worst nightmare ever for us sports fans. Who would have ever imagined this current scenario where all sports are put on hold? The big question on everyone’s mind right now is when will sports return and under what conditions. I have a few takes on this that I would like to share.
There has been a lot of discussion about possibly resuming the NBA and NHL season along with starting the Major League Baseball season shortly. The big stipulation in all of these discussions in not having any fans in the stands and just having essential personal at the games. On the surface, this sounds like a very logical way to resume the games. Not having a lot of people in such a compact small area will likely diminish the threat of having a bunch of people become infected. Fans can just tune in on television and watch the game. Problem solved, right? Well not so fast.
What about the safety of the players involved? Anyone who has played a lot of basketball like myself knows that the players risk of becoming infected will greatly increase with all the heavy breathing that occurs during a course of a game. Players are close to each other on the court and keeping players safe in that setting is totally impossible. If I were an NBA player, I would be deeply concerned about my safety. All the hand washing in the world is useless when you have some tired winded players standing next to you and spreading his germs and the possibility that some of the germs could contain the virus. The same goes with the NHL. Hockey is another sport where there is a great threat of the virus spreading through the air. Do the people discussing the possibility of the season resuming even think about these potential risks?
It is mind-boggling to me to even consider resuming play unless the cases in the country go way down. Just one infected player can cause a huge domino effect on any sport. Perhaps there is a way to test players daily before they enter the playing field. Normal everyday people like ourselves can wear mask to our work places, what are NBA players going to wear to prevent spreading this very contagious virus? This is a huge critical element that has to be solved before resuming any sport. The player’s safety has to be considered.
As for the fans. there are a whole new bunch of risks involved before you can even fill up a stadium or arena. Does anyone have any confidence that these social distancing guidelines will be relaxed anytime soon? Perhaps they might be as soon as month from now, who knows? But I look at the number of cases in this country and it seems like we are way off become we can let a huge number of people congregate in a small area.
There has been a lot of talk about testing people before they enter the stadium or arena but does anyone really believe that would work? Imagine spending a lot of money on a ticket only to be turned away because your body temperature might be a little too high. Maybe you just walked a mile from your car and you might be a little too warm. Or maybe you just have a little cold and pose little harm to anyone else. I can just a lot of very upset people getting turned away from a game.
And you have to wonder if fans will automatically start showing up in groves once the okay is given to attend sporting events? I really believe that attendance will suffer greatly at the onset.
Sports will eventually come back but I am becoming less optimistic that it will return to normal anytime soon, maybe as long as a year from now. I used to believe that Major League Baseball could start their season by Memorial Day. Now I believe the earliest they could start is around July 4th. The NBA and NHL would be foolish to resume their seasons and start their playoffs. As I mentioned earlier, those sports are the most at risk. Starting again in the fall might be their best option at this point. As far as the NFL is concerned, I believe they should considering delaying their season like MLB. I just do not know if starting training camps in July will be safe for the players. Maybe they need to postpone their season by a month, I don’t know.
Sports is a huge part of our country’s makeup and not having it has been a very big blow to many of us. Sadly, I am resigned to the fact that my sports fix that I posted a few weeks ago will go on through the summer. No live sports to watch, just more replays of games and YouTube videos. Some day, maybe even sooner than we think, sports will come back and all will be well again. That day seems like an eternity right now.