Pandemic

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25 March/Posted by aaronplaat

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Pandemic. I never thought I’d write that word, or experience something along the lines of what’s happening in the world right now.

Yet, that’s what’s happening right now. And it’s hitting close to home. Really close to home.

San Francisco has implemented a shutdown. Coronavirus is here, and it’s making a nasty dent into our way of life.

Admittedly, I didn’t want to accept the idea of a pandemic. Perhaps it would blow over, I thought. Then, I watched as the news began to paint a picture that would undoubtedly lead to a nationwide response to coronavirus.

With over 7 million people in the Bay Area ordered to “shelter in place” until April 7th, a cold new reality has taken place, and it’s unsettling.

For better or for worse, I didn’t feel a strong sense of worry about coronavirus until I read the news of the SF shutdown. That’s when it really sunk in, and I felt a sensation of worry that had a rightful place to be there.

It hit me that life won’t go on “business as usual” for the city. Rather, everything is going to be hit – and ripple with consequence.

Local economies, such as Lyft, have slowed down to nearly 25% of their usual volume. This isn’t good for an economy that’s already being propped up by the ‘gig economy’ of semi-part-timer’s picking up extra hours to pay the bills.

One of the hardest parts about this entire thing is that connection has become distant. One of the things that would make this shut-in so much better; human connection, is the one thing we’re deprived of right now.

In the middle of this storm, I think it’s important to remember to slow down and remember your values.

No, things aren’t business as usual now, and they won’t be for a while. However, there’s never been a better time to look inside, plan next steps, and remember the stuff that makes life rich and wonderful is the stuff that a pandemic or government can’t control; your love.

I hope you can take this time to reconnect with your loved ones. Call your Mother (even if she’s a weirdo) and remember that love will always stand triumphant over fear.

“In the endless universe there has been nothing new, nothing different. What has appeared exceptional to the minute mind of man has been inevitable to the infinite Eye of God. This strange second in a life, that unusual event, those remarkable coincidences of environment, opportunity, and encounter … all of them have been reproduced over and over on the planet of a sun whose galaxy revolves once in two hundred million years and has revolved nine times already. There has been joy. There will be joy again.

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