They say that laughter is the best medicine but in all honesty it’s kind of difficult to do so at this time.
We sit at crossroads in our history. It is April 1st and no one is laughing. The current situation has forced us as humans to come to terms with our mortality but also forced us to realize that we are stubborn.
We live in a small town and often are overlooked by America in general, when World or Nationwide issues emerge we are usually the last to feel the effects. However, now we aren’t the last. We are now living a change. It is NOT business as usual and if you still believe it is then sorry you can’t grasp the situation. We are living in a possibility of death knocking on our door, every outing should be treated as such. NO this is not to ignite conspiracy theorists and say that the media is out to control you but so many will and that is their loss. Often times as a reporter we sit by on the sidelines and watch as things occur and give our information based on our observations.
Our reports vary from death by natural causes, suicides and car accidents. They have always been about how it affected others. Now we are part of the story. We shelter in place as much as we can, as we live on the frontline as many of the other brave essential workers. This virus has made us fearful, realize we can die and it can come in something so simple as a handshake or hug.
If you don’t fear for your life what could be a positive test then go about your business and let the rest of us worry. It is America and a free country, however your ignorace and selfish behavior has consequences and will invariably and in some way affect me or someone close to you. Your recklessnes should not cause me to fear.
Yes we understand, yes we try to do as much as we can and hope or the best. However, we are human and can be prone to the effects of cabin fever, anxiety, restlessness and general hysteria. We need to learn to cope, there are resources to help us deal, one huge suggestion is unplug from social media, stop listening to news for a time and in general learn to relax. We in the news media usually don’t have much of an option to unplug.
We need to reflect and realize that our life is precious and enjoy this time. We must treasure each moment with our children at home, our parents (if we are lucky enough to have them), and our significant other. If you don’t have someone near you reach out. Call, facetime, text or anything that’ll help, just stay home.
I know that in a while it will be one more hour that has ticked on our clock. I also know the sun will rise after a fall and so will we.
One thing that is certain in life is that one day we will smile, cry and return to normal. That day will certainly come. In the meantime, Today is April Fool’s, Go to YouTube, Facebook or whatever, take a moment to smile and laugh. We are strong and will survive.