Locked Down, Confined, and Restricted From All Things Outdoors
We Have an Obligation
Let me preface this by saying that this is a generalization and not an accurate depiction of our culture as a whole. I have never done well with being told what to do or how to act. I'm in my 40's, and I still struggle with my inner child regarding this matter. What is it that makes us resistant to conform to, or abide by, a set of rules? How about the old cookie jar? We all found our hands in it once or twice unless you started your gluten-free diet as a toddler.
The terrifying part is that despite the growing death toll and no treatment options, a large percent of us are anxious to get outside to play and go back to work. Think about that for a minute. That's total insanity. The truth is, everyone's narcissist tendencies emerge during these times, and we can see it all around us. I think we need to tread lightly and be mindful of one another.
If I told you once I have told you a thousand times. If I catch you in the cookie jar again, you're grounded
Although I'm not a fan of the term "Social Distancing," it's our most vigorous defense against this virus. We need to take the necessary precautions implemented by our governing agencies. All evidence suggests that if we just lockdown for a while, we may get through this sooner than later. If we want to keep this thing going, then, by all means, go out and frolic. If we don't take hold of this soon, people are going to start taking enforcement into their own hands. I'm not joking; this is the unfortunate reality. We all saw what happened when the first level of restrictions we placed upon us. You coop people up long enough; someone will snap.
Dazed and Confused
I do understand the general confusion surrounding this pandemic. For many individuals, this is their first taste of a global tragedy. However, I have a tough time understanding why we can't follow simple instructions. Don't get me wrong; I have always been one to bend the rules. I typically do the opposite of what anyone tells me to do. However, this isn't about me, or you for that matter. It's about the entire population of the world. People still go to work every day in unforgiving environments to ensure we all have food, medicine, and a multitude of other essential goods. That sucks! Yet, I keep hearing people complain about the little things they never cared about in the first place.
Why are people taking this so personally? Being forced to do things against our own free will is never fun. Confined to any small space for long periods is challenging, but try and remember how lucky you are to have a place to reside. There are plenty of people out there that have nothing and nowhere to turn. I think home confinement is a pretty good option considering some of the other alternatives. These situations offer each one of us the opportunity to learn something more about ourselves, our friends, our neighbors, our communities. We can complain, sulk, or mope our way through this, or we can learn something of value that might prepare us for the next tragedy.
I spent the last three years of my life putting CREAG together and only launched last November. The sobering reality is that CREAG may not make it through all of this stuff. I could choose to throw up my arms and blame something for my demise, or I could continue to push on. I've spent way too many years going backward, and I'm not about to start that trek again. So, onward and upward, even if my only option is from the bedroom to the kitchen.
Stay positive. We will make it through this one way or another, but that means a commitment from everyone. Remember, it's about your neighbor, your friend, our community, our culture, and the entire world. If we sit on our hands a little longer, we will be free to travel to "Far Off Places, soon.