There must be some truth in myths. How else would they have survived so long?
There must be some truth in myths. How else would they have survived so long?
I have lived an absolutely incredibly fascinating life. And so have you. Of course, other people may not think so. They may not buy a book by an ordinary woman but then maybe they would.
I believe that each of us has a tale or two in our past that would amaze or perhaps horrify the general public. But it was our life and we lived it as best we could. I am inordinately pleased that cell phones did not exist when I was a child. There’s a great deal of my childhood that, although I remember it fondly, I would not like to be reminded of in pictures. Bad hair days meant something completely different than it does today. We are so concerned with appearances that we often forget substance.
And while I was bullied a little bit when I was in my youth it is nothing compared to what children go through now. My bullies looked me in the eye when they were being mean. I had the option to go to my parents and name names. Then respective parents would get together and the bullying stopped. Nowadays it is done anonymously with the protection of cyberspace and it hits much deeper. It hurts more profoundly. It causes significantly more damage. And the ramifications for being a bully? It’s rare that they’re caught. And that is a sad statement on our society.
I have always been a champion of Human Rights but what happens when those Human Rights interfere with the Individual’s Rights? Is enough, enough? I remember a saying about an old Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times”. Well, we do and yes, it is a bit of a curse. I’ll bet in the next few years there are going to be a number of books written by supposedly famous people about the struggles they survived during The Year of the Pandemic. Obscene amounts of money will exchange hands so that we can read about other people. Probably not terribly interesting people. But they are famous so that makes them readable. They still put their pants on one leg at a time.
I think the most interesting people are the ones who aren’t famous. They’re the ones who go out and get the job done because it’s the right thing to do. The people who show compassion, ingenuity and selflessness simply because that’s the kind of person they are. They don’t go looking for accolades or monetary gain. They simply keep their eyes open for the next person that would benefit from their assistance. Those are the interesting people.
I think everyone of us has something fascinating we can teach someone else. And I think every other person out there has something I need to know. And that is what makes life so very interesting. Don’t you think?
What if this pandemic is Mother Nature hitting the reset button?
I am convinced some people find their personalities in the refuse bin.
We have to be able to laugh at ourselves. Everyone else does.
I am tired of living,
In fear for my life.
I am tired of the anger,
The hatred, the strife.
My hands are rubbed raw,
But sterile of course.
My mask is in place,
And now I sound hoarse.
I measure the distance,
Between me and then you.
I watch very carefully,
The things that you do.
A vigilant eye,
Is required these days.
But sometimes I swear,
I’m in such a craze.
Yet I will continue,
To do as I must.
Because hope for the future,
That’s what I trust.
This angst we are living,
I call Covid Fatigue.
I know we can beat it,
With little intrigue
So, do as you’re told,
A little bit longer.
And I’m sure we will be,
So very much stronger.
The end is in sight,
A vaccine is quite near
There will be a day
When there’s no virus fear.
Dogs these days, always checking their p-mails!
Some days . . . I just don’t get the joke . . .
As most of you know, those that follow me regularly, I am a Canadian. With that title comes some responsibility. We are known for being polite and kind and inoffensive. If you would indulge me for a few moments I would like to step outside my comfort zone and get a few things off my chest.
ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME! Whew! That felt better. What will follow is a little rant. No, it’s a big rant. It is a global rant. I am somewhat annoyed. Am I allowed to say: pissed off? My mother would not be pleased. This may be the only time I will ever say that I am happy my parents are not still alive. Because this crap-fest would probably kill them.
In early March of 2020, the world was introduced to a deadly pandemic. We were frightened and rightly so. People were dying. A lot of people were dying. So, we did what we needed to do. We locked down, stepped away from our lives, our loved ones, our friends. We learned what social distancing meant and we adhered to it strictly. We washed our hands constantly and we did everything we could, to lessen the impact of this global crisis. And we did. Some parts of the world were able to flatten the curve as they say. Canada is in ok shape. We are in no way out of danger but some areas of our large country have very few cases of Covid. Why? Because they took it seriously and when the curve flattened, they kept on taking it seriously.
New York City showed us just how bad it could be. It was terrifying. But they took action. It was strict, it was drastic and it worked. A number of countries around the world have made a difference. Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia, Nigeria. In some cases, it’s because it’s a smaller country and they’re able to control things better. In some cases, it’s because they understand the need for diligence. And it can’t just be a government ordering people to do the right thing, it has to be the people as well. Individuals have to be involved; they have to do the work. They have to wash their hands, wear their masks, be adult about it!
And people did what needed to be done, in the beginning. And then they started to scream human rights and nonsense about measures not working. They didn’t want to wear their masks even though if you have eyes, ears and a brain you can see that it does work. There is proof all over the world that it does work. The strict measures made a difference. But there will always be a certain element of stupidity in our societies. Mostly it is amusing but not deadly. Now it is killing people.
Kids, young adults are complaining that they need to see their friends so they go to a party with 100 people. And 15 people come away with Covid and pass it on to their friends and family in their little bubbles. And they in turn pass it off to strangers in the grocery store or in the bank. And before you know it, we have a Covid Tsunami. All because some idiot wanted to go to a party. And how many people will lose their lives because of that stupid party? And the ones that went to it might never know what they have done. And that angers me. I want to take their smug little faces and run it into the caskets of those who die.
I chose to go into my apartment and stay put in March 2020. I am not one of the ones that is beleaguered and suffering because I have to be on my own. I have a TV, a computer, a phone, books. I can amuse myself just fine. I visit with friends and family via Zoom or Skype or FaceTime or just the phone. But I am protecting them and I am protecting myself. I’d rather be part of the solution then part of the problem.
For now, our world is in crisis and I do hope we will all survive it. But we won’t. We are going to lose a lot. It is believed one third of the world’s population was infected in the 1918 Flu Pandemic. They lost at least 50 million people. The world population at the time? 1.8 Billion. Today the world stands at 7.8 Billion. Those infected? 58,260,174. Deaths? 1,383,349. (as of 21/11/20 1:11pm)
Mothers, Fathers, Sons, Daughters, Cousins, Friends. Dead.
Just a few examples
Cases of Covid Population (millions)
Tanzania 509 60+
Thailand 3,902 70 +
Vietnam 1,306 97+
Cambodia 305 17+
Australia 27,806 25+
Nigeria 65,982 208+
Information from: http://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/?
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