How Much Is My Health Worth To You? (COVID-19)
At the start of the coronavirus breakout, I was one of those people that laughed and joked. I was one of those people that didn't 'get it' and would say 'oh stop being so dramatic!'
Fast-forward a few weeks and cue my next reaction: anger. I became seriously pissed off at this virus. Why? Because it was the cause of some very illogical decision-making at work, or at least that's how it seemed. Yup, a handful of my close work friends would be getting the week off due to a recent trip to Italy. HOW UNFAIR! Not only that, a performance project I had been working on intensely for 6 months was cancelled and what with picking up the slack of those who had been quarantined, my emotional capacity reached it's peak! I cried at least 5 times a day for a week. To complete what had been the "worst working week of my life", the announcement came that all schools would be closing, spring break would be moved and I would have to cancel the travel plans I had been desperately looking forward to.
I felt all of these decisions were being blown completely out of proportion. That a hysteria had set in. That the whole world had gone completely bonkers! Anyone I spoke to was met with a cold, snappy, stubborn human being. I was projecting my feelings of "hard-donebyness" onto others. The world was out to get me and I had been dealt the shittiest hand out of everyone.
Of course, that wasn't the slightest bit true.
My turning point was when one of my friends started to project her own negative feelings about the events onto me. Being on the receiving end made me realise that I wasn't the only one who had been "screwed over", and neither was she. From that moment, I began to think about why these measures had been put in place. I started to look at the facts and the stats. Then, I started to understand...
No one wants to make these decisions. These decisions are a necessity. As a human race with the most profound technological advances being discovered day-to-day, we have been spoilt into thinking we are invincible! You cannot put a price on health. With an unexpected changes in my health insurance this year, I've come to believe that more than anything. This is nothing more than an inconvenience for me. For others, it means losing a job, a home, or worse, losing a life.
Most of use are lucky enough to 'ride the wave' and 'see it through' with little concern for this "nonsense", but we should be taking time to think about those that are vulnerable, those that are at risk, those that are genuinely scared because contracting this virus could be fatal for them. We have to be kind. We have to be considerate. We have to stop the selfishness and protect others where we can, even if that means making our own sacrifices.