There is no other life but this.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”

-Henry David Thoreau

These are peculiar times. We thought we were better, more advanced. Scientifically capable, financially insoluble. Robust immunologically; with superior, sophisticated healthcare systems in place. Drugs aplenty, and resources galore.

And yet, a mere virus has us chasing our tails. We seem no better than our predecessors battling the plague or cholera. We are probably worse off, with the media whipping up mass hysteria.

Amidst the pandemonium, snippets of conversations irk my already chafed and irritated brain. The conspiracy theories, the moronic world leaders mouthing rubbish whilst addressing their nations, the selfishness and stupidity of the individual putting the entire  species at risk. And yet, what bothers me the most is the whining.

About cancelled travel plans. Missed parties. Shut watering holes.

Nobody seems to really know what “needs” to be done. We are all shooting in the dark here. Like I said, in some ways these are extraordinary, unprecedented times. This may be a blip on our timelines, or an event that will change the course of history. Either way, nothing is certain is right now. All we have is our TODAY.

A today that shouldn’t be squandered in the throes of relentless speculation and odious complaints. We could buckle down and do the things that we always wanted to. Spend more time cooped up at home with the kiddos. Read more. Watch Netflix till our eyes bleed. Bake. Sleep. Contemplate. And for those unfortunate folks (like me) who cannot ‘work from home’ – we have less traffic to contend with. No school lunches to pack. No homework to fight through.

Let us not just ‘get by’. Let us continue to live our best lives. In ways that we can. 2019-nCoV be damned.

Till next time,

J

 

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